Help! Is it an Allergic Reaction or Pet Poisoning?

When something is wrong with your pet, the world may seem upside down. Many frantic pet owners turn to the Internet for information. While there is a lot of good information out there, sometimes this can take you down a dark rabbit hole if you are not careful.

Instead of wondering whether your sick pet is experiencing an allergic reaction or pet poisoning, never forget that you can call on us at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic to give real, expert advice.

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Understanding Food Allergies in Pets

Food allergies in pets can affect pet health

Having a pet who’s constantly scratching, losing fur, and dealing with rough, scaly, swollen skin or open sores can be extremely frustrating. Not only is your pet miserable, but you’re at a loss as to how to help them feel better.

Coming up with an accurate diagnosis for itchy skin may involve testing for a food allergy. Food allergies in pets can seriously undermine a pet’s health and wellbeing, which is why it’s important that pet owners be able to recognize certain signs and seek treatment as soon as possible.

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Don’t Panic! Your Pet Allergic Reaction Survival Strategy

Allergic reactions can be scary events for both people and pets. Every animal owner should be aware of what one of these looks like and have a game plan for handling them. Read on and learn what your friends at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic want you to know about how to handle a pet allergic reaction.

Some Basic Physiology

Allergic reactions are caused by the overreaction of the immune system to a particular antigen. An antigen is a substance (usually a protein) that the body reacts to. Pets can have allergies to many things.

Offending antigens can come in many forms, but common things that might elicit a pet allergic reaction include:

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Knowledge Is Power: Understanding Pet Allergies

Baby shepherd scratchingWe all have some experience with allergies. Whether we personally suffer from a seasonal or other allergy, or know someone who does, most of us are aware of the miserable symptoms that accompany an allergic reaction to pollen, mold, food, or other substance. The same is true for our four-legged friends when they struggle with allergies.

Allergies in pets often remain undiagnosed, and pets can continue to suffer needlessly as their symptoms go untreated and their exposure to the allergens continues. Learn how to tell if your pet has an allergy, and how to get him or her back on the road to health.

What Is An Allergy?

Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to foreign particles. These particles, called allergens, can be almost anything; common pet allergens include: Continue…