Overview

Food allergy is an uncommon problem in dogs and it can start at any age. A change in diet is not necessary for development of food allergy. About 70 percent of affected pets develop allergies to food ingredients that they have been fed for a long time, usually more than two years.
Food ingredients most commonly responsible for allergies are beef, chicken, fish, eggs and milk. Dogs with other allergies like inhalant allergies or atopy may be at increased risk for developing a food allergy.

Diagnosis and Treatment Notes:

 

  • Food allergy is generally diagnosed by an elimination food trial. The pet is fed a special food for 8 to 12 weeks to see if signs resolve.
  • Treatment depends on the severity of the disease, your individual pet, and your veterinarian. The primary treatment is to avoid the offending food or ingredient. Up to 80% of affected dogs are benefited from a special diet. Other treatments include antihistamines and antibiotics or antifungals to treat secondary infections. Discuss treatment details when your pet is diagnosed with this condition.

 

What to Watch for*:

  • Itchy skin, especially around the face, paws and ears
  • Bad skin odor
  • Excessive scaling
  • Red bumps or papules
  • Ear infections
  • Self-inflicted skin trauma resulting from severe itching
  • Diarrhea and vomiting, although most dogs with food allergy only develop skin problems

*Please notify us if you notice any of the above signs or if you have any questions!

Dear Valued Clients

During these challenging times, there have been some unforeseen changes at The Big Easy Animal Hospital. I cannot express enough my sincere apology for any inconvenience you have experienced at The Big Easy during these times. As we strive to make the practice safe to protect everyone including you, your family, and our Big Easy team and their families, I’ve decided to make certain changes while we are under this pandemic. These changes will be temporary.

 

Monday through Friday:

Walk Ins start at 10:00am, check-in starts at 9:00am.There are a limited amount of patients we can accept. Our receptionists will be happy to assist you with options to help guide you and your pet(s).)

 

Starting Saturday, August 1st

Saturdays will be TECHNICIAN APPOINTMENTS only. These will include boosters, bloodwork, nail trims, certain diagnostics, etc. There will not be a veterinarian on site. While I understand these changes can be inconvenient, I have listed local veterinary clinics that we have contacted and are open to see walk-ins throughout the week and Saturdays as well. For life threatening emergencies that occur outside business hours, please contact the following 24-hour animal hospitals below.

Please, be safe and healthy.

Thank you all for your understanding. -Aileen Ruiz, DVM

 

24 Hour Emergency Care:

 

Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

807 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA
(412)366-3400

 

AVETS

4224 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA
(412)373-4200


VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital

3610 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA
(412)885-2500


Veterinarians Accepting Walk in Care:

Penn Animal Hospital

2205 Penn Avenue
(412)471-9855
WALK—IN’S—MONDAY THRU FRIDAY from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM


North Boros Veterinary Hospital

2255 Babcock Blvd
(412)821-5600
WALK-IN’S—MONDAY THRU FRIDAY from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

 

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