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Jonathan Wisniewski - Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin (EVCOT) - EMERGENCY VETERINARY CLINIC INSIDERThe spring and summer months are the most common times we see allergic reactions in pets. Just as in humans, your dog or cat may exhibit signs of itching, swelling, or trouble 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. In some animals, each subsequent reaction can become more severe, and some can progress to true anaphylaxis over time.

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.

Treatment of all allergic reactions involves antihistamines, steroids and, in more severe reactions, adrenalin or epinephrine. For animals with severe reactions, Epi-pens can be used. Less expensive alternatives are available if the owners are comfortable with giving an intramuscular injection, which takes a small demonstration and very little training. 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 contact your veterinarian or come see our compassionate and experienced team at Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin.

Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin

8250 SW Tonka St

Tualatin, OR 97052


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