Pet Allergies Treatment Salem VA

Cats and dogs can suffer terribly from allergies. And, just like people, they can react to any number of allergens—including substances in the environment like dust and pollen or foods like corn and wheat. But despite these similarities, allergies manifest quite differently in animals than they do in people.

Hanging Rock Animal Hospital
(540) 632-1904
1910 Loch Haven Dr
Roanoke, VA
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Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Saturday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Pet Health Clinic
(540) 632-1960
840 Roanoke Rd
Daleville, VA
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Monday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Thursday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Companion Pet Care Clinic
(540) 375-0350
29 Wildwood RD
Salem, VA
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Full service veterinary clinic
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M-F 8-6, Sat 8-12

Big Lick Veterinary Svc
(540) 776-0700
7777 Bent Mountain Rd
Roanoke, VA

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Hodges, Lucinda R, Dvm - Harris Animal Hospital
(540) 362-3753
6805 Peters Creek Rd
Roanoke, VA

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Vinton Veterinary Hospital
(540) 632-1938
1309 E. Washington Avenue
Vinton, VA
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Monday 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Sandra Diaz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVD
(540) 231-4621
Duck Pond Drive (0442)
Blacksburg, VA
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Henson, Erika, Dvm - Brambleton Veterinary Hospital
(540) 774-5236
3528 Brambleton Ave
Roanoke, VA

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Cave Spring Veterinary Clinic
(540) 989-8582
4538 Old Cave Spring Rd
Roanoke, VA

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Angels of Assisi
(540) 344-8707
415 Campbell Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA
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Low Cost Well and Limited Sick Pet, Spay/Neuter
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Creature Comforts—What's Itching Fluffy?

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By Shawn Messonnier, DVM

Figuring out what’s gotten under your pet’s skin begins with what’s going on inside.

Cats and dogs can suffer terribly from allergies. And, just like people, they can react to any number of allergens—including substances in the environment like dust and pollen or foods like corn and wheat. But despite these similarities, allergies manifest quite differently in animals than they do in people. You may have a runny nose, itchy eyes, or clogged sinuses when you have an allergy attack, but cats and dogs experience most of their suffering in their skin. So, if Fluffy is scratching like crazy, licking her skin, or losing fur, chances are she’s allergic to something.

These symptoms can also point to infections or thyroid disease, so be sure to have a veterinarian examine your pet thoroughly to rule them out before moving forward with any allergy treatment. And don’t be surprised if things move slowly. So many sources of allergens exist, you may need to do a bit of sleuthing and resort to a process of elimination to pinpoint exactly what your pet is reacting to.

Conventional treatments abound for allergy symptoms, but they bring with them a host of potential problems. Start with a more holistic approach, which begins with identifying the allergen and making environmental, nutritional, and natural supplement modifications to build your pet’s resistance to it.

The conventional approach
The conventional approach to allergies relies heavily on the use of medications—mainly corticosteroids (such as prednisone) or antihistamines. While antihistamines are usually safer than corticosteroids, they still can present some real challenges. First, it may take some trial and error to find an antihistamine that works for your pet. Second, you’ll probably have to administer the medication two to three times a day. If you’ve ever tried to give your dog (or worse your cat!) a pill, you know what a pain that can be—for both of you. Finally, some pets get very drowsy with antihistamines, so you may be forced to try a number of options before you find one that’s acceptable.

Corticosteroids work extremely well and very quickly—usually within 24 hours—but unfortunately they carry with them a number of side effects ranging from the bothersome (like increased urination) to the potentially lethal (like immune-system suppression). Short-term use of corticosteroids may offer one avenue of treatment, even in a holistic approach, but long-term use is dangerous and ill advised, except when euthanasia is the only alternative. If your doctor suggests corticosteroids for your pet, make sure you’ve exhausted all natural alternatives first. If corticosteroids are the only answer, give them on a short-term, as-needed basis using as low a dose as possible.

The holistic approach
While the integrative approach doesn’t rule out medications like antihistamines or corticosteroids to treat acute flare-ups of itching, it focuses on reviewing your pet’s habits...

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