Just like people, dogs can show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognize certain everyday substances—or allergens— as dangerous. Even though these allergens are common in most environments and harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested or contact a dog’s skin. As his body tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear.
An allergy is a disease in which the immune system reacts abnormally to everyday substances such as pollens, animal danders, mold spores, mites, and certain foods. All of these allergic reactions are unpleasant, some are serious, and a few can be fatal. The offensive substances causing allergies are known as allergens. An allergic reaction may be caused by inhaling or ingesting the allergen, but most often is the result of direct contact of the allergen with the pet's skin.
Tens of millions of animals suffer from allergies, yet only a small fraction are ever properly diagnosed, tested, and treated. Requiring only a simple blood draw, allergy testing at Brook Farm Veterinary Center can accurately identify offending allergens and point the way to immunotherapy treatment - a safe, natural and proven long-term solution.