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Pet Allergies Explained by Our Las Vegas Veterinarian

Even though your pet may suffer quietly, pet allergies are real. They can not only cause discomfort, but real pain and distress. How do you know if your pet has an allergy? What causes allergies in pets? When should you seek medical care? Can a routine visit to a veterinarian help? Dr. David Drake and the caring team at St. Francis Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV can help.

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Signs and Symptoms of Pet Allergies

Pets can show varying symptoms when suffering from allergies. It can be demonstrated with excessive scratching, watery eyes or even licking or chewing on feet and paws. Scratching and chewing can lead to loss of hair and even self-inflicted wounds. If you suffer from allergies yourself, you can probably relate to the misery and discomfort your pet feels. You can seek relief on your own. Your pet, however, cannot.

Causes of Allergies in Pets

Common causes of pet allergies include bugs and insects, various plants, chemicals and even their food. Dust mites, molds, grasses and pollen can contribute. Both dogs and cats can experience the four kinds of allergy categories including:

  • Contact
  • Insects
  • Inhalants
  • Food

It is nearly impossible to avoid causes of allergies in pets as they are around them almost every day. This can lead to unnecessary misery for your pet. 

When You Should Seek Medical Care in Las Vegas

You should seek medical care for your pet when they begin exhibiting signs and symptoms. If you notice bug bites, bumps, a rash or red marks, seek help. If your pet is losing fur or demonstrating signs of discomfort by consistent scratching, see our Las Vegas vet. You should also take your pet to the vet when they show signs of digestive disorders and respiratory distress. You probably know your pet well, so a visit to the vet can be prudent whenever you notice abnormal behavior. You should also check your pet's fur and/or skin often looking for signs of an allergy.

Can A Regular Vet Visit Help?

Absolutely! Let our Las Vegas veterinarian know if your pet is showing signs of having an allergy and have him perform an examination. At St. Francis Animal Hospital, we are the choice of more and more pet lovers in the entire Las Vegas, Nevada region. From diagnosis and treatment plans for allergies to surgical procedures, Dr. Drake and his staff can help your pet lead a healthier, happier life.

Don't let your pet suffer in silence. Call us at St. Francis Animal Hospital for an appointment. Call 702-675-8366 today. You can have confidence knowing that if your pet in fact, has allergies, we will prescribe a treatment plan that will provide relief safely and quickly. We look forward to becoming your pet's veterinarian.


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Dr. Drake and CarolAnn are amazing! They have been caring for my dogs for over 10 years now and I have never had one complaint. They are always so happy to see my dogs and provide them with the most compassionate care. I recommend them to any seeking an honest, caring, loving, empathizing and helpful veterinarian!

Bob H.
Las Vegas, NV

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