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Allergies and Autoimmune Disease

Updated: Jun 11

Did you know that pet allergies and autoimmune diseases can make your pet feel miserable causing major inflammation and a broad range of damaging symptoms? Allergies in pets occur as an overreaction of the immune system to a specific allergen (flea, pollens, food, and others). Autoimmune disease is when the body and its cells and organs are attacked by their own immune system that causes many chronic conditions in pets such as systemic lupus erythematosus, diabetes, polyarthritis, bullous pemphigoid, pillow foot, and others. The triggers of autoimmune diseases in your pets can include environmental pollutants, some drugs, and household cleaner. According to recent studies, allergies, and autoimmune diseases can share disease pathways. They both are involved immune system responses. The development of new advanced diagnostic tests will help with disease treatment and prevention. Treatment is the complicated part. Simply using drugs to mask the symptoms will only provide temporary relief and not fight the disease. Overall, any abnormal conditions in your pets will require extensive diagnostics tests and treatments. If your pet is experiencing allergy symptoms do not blindly switch the food and put your dog on Benadryl, Cytopoint, or Apoquel. It is not a solution if you do not know the cause of the allergy. Any allergy medication will eventually stop working and will create more health issues. Ask your vet to send your pet's serum to Pet Preferred Diagnostics for allergy testing. By knowing the cause, you will be able to eliminate food allergens and order immunotherapy.


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