VCA Hawaii on diagnosing different allergies in pets

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Have you noticed your pets scratching a little more than normal? They may have one or more skin allergies, and these kinds of issues in pets can be very alarming and troublesome. Sometimes, it may even be tough to find out what exactly your pet is allergic to. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson spoke with Dr. Kelly Love from VCA Hawaii about some of the causes and what pet owners can do about it.

“Allergies are actually really common,” Dr. Love begins. “I would say that probably half of my appointments in a day are for skin or allergies.”

Dr. Love says there are three types of allergies that can develop: flea allergies, food allergies, and atopy, which is environmental allergies.

When it comes to flea allergies, these are simple to treat by developing a flea prevention routine. Food allergies often occur due to a protein source in your pet’s food. Dr. Love says vets will normally recommend an elimination diet where you remove a certain source of protein from your pet’s food and then they see if there’s improvement a month or two later.

Dr. Love says environmental allergies are harder to diagnose because it could be anything that your pet is exposed to. Vets can use intradermal testing or bloodwork to try to evaluate your pet’s allergy profile.

If you suspect your pet has allergies, make an appointment with your veterinarian and take note of anything that’s changed in your home, yard, or your pet’s environment.

About VCA Hawaii:

VCA Hawaii strives to provide the very best in medical care, and the hospitals provide a full range of general, surgical and specialized care. This is how VCA Hawaii veterinarians would treat their own pets, and it offers nothing less than that to you and your pet. VCA Hawaii understands your pets are a big part of your family and will be there for you every step of the way when it comes to your pets’ health.

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