Sometimes steroids are used to alleviate an itch. However, Patterson warns that long-term use of steroids can cause detrimental health problems.
The most common allergens that affect pets are fleas, food, pollen, molds, mites, insects, and dander. Your veterinarian can perform tests and personal evaluations based on many factors to help determine the culprits.
“Elimination diet trials are used to exclude food allergies,” notes Patterson. “Skin or blood ‘allergy’ testing is used to select candidate pollens for immunotherapy (oral allergy drops or allergy injections) in animals with an environmental allergy. ”
Allergies are more common in pets than most people believe. Ten percent of the canine population is affected by allergies. It is important to be aware of the allergic signs and notify a veterinarian when the symptoms persist.
Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.CNHI News Service distributes this column.