During the summer months, it's not uncommon for us to see dogs and cats having allergic reactions.
It is often extremely difficult to determine the cause of the reaction. The most common culprits involve the injection of some type of foreign substance under the skin - such as insect bites, bee stings and, less commonly, vaccines - but other things can be responsible. If the reaction is brought on by an injection, removal of the causing source, if identified, is critical.
Just as in humans, your dog or cat may exhibit signs of itching, swelling, or trouble breathing. In dogs the most common signs include facial swelling, hives, vomiting, diarrhea and acute collapse. With cats you may see signs of coughing, breathing difficulty, facial swelling and open mouth breathing.
Most allergic reactions are mild and are treated as outpatients, but even mild reactions should be evaluated by a veterinarian as they can worsen quickly without proper medications. Severe cases should be treated in a hospital where blood pressure can be monitored.
Treatment of allergic reactions involves antihistamines, corticosteroids, fluid therapy and, in more severe reactions, epinephrine. Epinephrine is a life saver in many of these pets, just like people with these reactions.
If you believe your pet is having an allergic reaction, don't hesitate to call our compassionate and experienced team at Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052