Animal Allergy Clinic
Allergies to pets and other animals are common. Individuals who have been diagnosed with Asthma or other allergies may be more susceptible.
Animal Allergy Triggers
A common misconception is that reactions are caused by an animal’s fur. Fur, however, is not an allergen. Your reaction is more likely being caused by the proteins in an animal’s urine, dander, or saliva.
Diagnosing an Animal Allergy
Patients will be asked to detail their medical history and allergy symptoms. Examining when symptoms present themselves (season, all year round) and where symptoms seem to worsen (indoors, outdoors, around animals) will help to narrow our allergist specialist’s focus.
To diagnose an animal allergy and determine which allergen the body negatively responds to requires a skin prick test. A person can be allergic to more than one allergen; some people may suffer mildly year-round from one allergy, and have a separate allergen affect them seasonally, or only in certain circumstances.
Treatment Options for an Animal Allergy
The most effective way to eliminate/ limit your allergy symptoms is to limit the amount of contact you have with the animal that is causing symptoms to arise. If the animal in question is a beloved family pet, and finding the animal a new home is not an option, then limiting the physical contact with the animal may help limit symptoms.
For patients living with an animal allergy to a pet, the most common method for dealing with animal allergy symptoms is though medication.
Our animal clinic allergist will recommend a prescription that best fits your symptoms. Allergen Immunotherapy is also an option for treating certain animal allergies, but has not been proven to be as effective as the immunotherapy treatment given for environmental allergies.