Health Concerns

Allergic Reactions

Like humans, animals can have allergic reactions to things in their environments. An allergy is a state of over-reactivity or hypersensitivity of your pet’s immune system to an allergen. Plants, insects, chemicals, foods or other animals may all contain proteins that act as allergens to your pet.

When to visit VCA Urgent Care

  • If you notice any swelling of your pet’s muzzle or face
  • Your pet develops hives
  • Your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea after a vaccination or known insect sting/bite

When to seek emergency care 

We recommend visiting an emergency hospital if your pet is experiencing any of the following:

  • Your pet has collapsed or is unable to stand


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