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Posted on 06-08-2017
Is your pet listless? Does he itch constantly but has no fleas? Is her coat dull and thin? A visit to our Cary veterinarian may very well result in a diagnosis of allergies, a problem in pets more common than you may think.
Pets can be allergic to many of the same things as we are including pollens, grass, fleas, and household cleaning supplies, any of which is a common source of pet allergies. But another likely culprit for pet allergies is food. How do you know if your pet has an allergy? Here at our animal hospital in Cary, we have advanced allergy diagnostic capability, but some symptoms include gastrointestinal upsets, itching and skin and ear infections.
Researchers found that the most common catalysts for allergies in pets include these proteins: chicken, beef, dairy, egg, and fish for cats. Despite the hype about grains causing allergies, the opposite is actually true. Some pets may be allergic to other ingredients in foods such as plant-based proteins.
When you bring your pet in to see us for suspected allergy, the first thing our veterinarian will do is get a detailed report on what your pet eats. With this information, we will help you develop a “process of elimination” plan where you gradually remove items from the diet, one-by-one and see if there are any changes in symptoms.
One of the important services offered at our animal hospital in Cary is dietary counseling. We can help you identify your pet’s allergy and design a diet that will keep him healthy and in top condition. The quantity of food is critical, especially since in the U.S., one-third of dogs and one-quarter of cats are overweight. Our veterinarian will prescribe the perfect amount of food for maximum health and energy.
If your pet exhibits any of the symptoms discussed here, give our animal hospital in Cary a call for an appointment so she’ll feel better fast. We look forward to meeting with you!
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