Testing and Treating Birmingham Pets for Allergies and Other Skin Issues
We all know that allergies can make us miserable with itchy skin, respiratory troubles, and digestive issues. But did you know that allergies can affect your pet in much the same way?
The most common allergy diagnosed in dogs and cats is an allergy to fleabites, but your pet can also be bothered by allergies to food or environmental factors.
If left untreated, these allergies can lead to other problems such as:
- Skin sores
- Poor coat
- Respiratory infection
- Skin infection
Valleydale Animal Clinic offers serum allergy testing to determine the exact cause of your pet’s allergies. Serum allergy testing involves drawing a small amount of blood from your pet. This blood sample is then sent to a specialized lab where testing identifies the source of your dog’s or cat’s allergy problem.
Once the allergens have been identified our veterinarians can develop a program to eliminate the source of the allergy in your pets’ environment. We carry specially formulated foods that do not contain common, food-based allergens.
Immunotherapy is also available to treat environmental allergies that cannot be avoided. Immunotherapy involves creating a serum, based on the results on the serum allergy test, which is injected on a decreasing schedule as the pets’ immunity grows.
We also offer a comprehensive program to rid your pet of parasites like fleas and ticks.
Identifying the cause of your pets’ allergy is the first step towards getting him or her back to full health. We will quickly determine the causes and begin a targeted treatment plan that will have your dog or cat feeling great in a hurry.
We can assist you with basic skin issues and pet allergies, but for more severe cases we will refer you to a board certified veterinary dermatologist.
Contact us today to get your pet’s skin and coat health back up to par.