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It’s allergy season — and not just for humans

Our beloved furry companions can also suffer from allergies, stemming from food, environmental causes and fleas.

Allergies in pets often show up as constant scratching, biting or licking. Ear infections with smelly discharge and head shaking are also common. With food allergies, some pets develop digestive issues. Year-round allergies to mold, dust mites, etc. can lead to sneezing, nasal discharge, coughing and itchy/watery eyes.

If your pet is diagnosed with allergies, there is a lot we can do to help. Changes in diet, environment or grooming products can be tried first. Medications such as antihistamines, corticosteroids can be used.

Newer products used to control the allergy itch include Cytopoint, a monthly monoclonal antibody injection, and Aopquel, a daily pill that interrupts the inflammatory and immune response pathway. In some cases, allergen-specific immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be recommended.

When it comes to your pet’s health and quality of life, there are many ways veterinarians can help. We understand that pets are family!


Wilvet South

Open 24/7

120 Ramsgate Square S

(503) 741-8858

Emily Kalenius, DVM


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