Just like people, pets can have allergies too. Pet allergies can range from skin irritations to respiratory issues and intestinal distress. There are many types of allergies and allergens, so diagnosing pet allergies can be tricky. Below, let's take a more detailed look at pet allergies and understand how a vet can help.
Signs of Allergies
Different types of allergies will manifest in different ways. Environmental allergies will typically take one of two forms in pets: skin irritation and respiratory issues. Skin irritation is common, and may cause your pet to repeatedly scratch or chew at one particular area of his body. Keep an eye out for red or raw skin. In particularly troublesome cases, the skin can bleed or become scabbed. If you notice open wounds on your pet, see a vet immediately. These wounds can be an opportune site for dangerous bacteria to enter the body. Pets with respiratory symptoms may cough, sneeze, or wheeze.
Usually, food allergies take the form of intestinal distress. Be on the lookout for signs of nausea or diarrhea from your pet.
Types of Allergens
Your pet can be allergic to just about anything, similar to people. Environmental allergies may be triggered by seasonal flowers, blooms, or pollen. Most pet owners notice that seasonal allergies are particularly bad in the spring and fall as the seasons change. Pets can be allergic to environmental triggers inside the home too. Dust, smoke, or certain perfumes and fragrances can all cause allergy symptoms. Be careful with scented laundry detergents, especially if they are used when laundering your pet's toys or bedding. Remember also that food allergens can come from your pet's daily dog food, treats, or sometimes even certain "people" foods.
How a Vet Can Help
If you suspect that your pet has allergies, the best thing you can do is take your cat or dog to the vet. For skin allergies, your veterinarian will most likely take a skin sample to determine if allergies are to blame, and to rule out any chance of parasitic infestation or infection. There are several allergy medications that your vet can prescribe. Many of these are simple, once or twice a day pills, taken orally. Talk to your veterinarian about allergies to get your pet treated quickly.
At the Village Vet we care about your pet's allergies and understand how tricky they can be to treat. Our team is professional, caring, and knowledgeable. We offer a wide range of services including allergy treatment as well as general care. To learn more about how we can help treat your pet's allergies, call our office today at 410-367-8111.