Whether allergies are food related, triggered by the environment, or seasonal they can be downright miserable. Just like people, our animals can suffer from allergies, too. There are many different allergens that impact cats and dogs, and allergies can manifest in several ways. Below, let's take a closer look at pet allergies.
Signs of Allergies
Often your pet will exhibit signs of itchiness or irritation. This can include excessive scratching at various parts of the body, in particular behind the ears and on the chest. Pets may also chew or pick at their legs and paws. Some pet owners will report seeing their pet rub his or her face on furniture or into the floor. Aside from being itchy, some pets may show symptoms of intestinal discomfort. Several food allergies can cause stomach irritation leading to vomiting or diarrhea. Further, if scratching has become excessive you may begin to notice patches of fur missing, bleeding skin, or scabbing around the affected areas.
There can be any number of outside factors that can cause a pet to have allergies. Like people, pets can be prone to seasonal allergies. Different pollens are in the air in spring and fall and many different blooming plants are all present, which can trigger your pet's allergies. Pets can also be allergic to different allergens within the home. Sometimes cleaning products or laundry detergent used to clean the pet's bed and toys can cause an allergic reaction. Further, perfumes and smoke can also trigger your pet's allergies. Food allergies also exist for cats and dogs. Your pet may be particularly sensitive to one type of food or treat.
When to Visit a Veterinarian
It is time to see a veterinarian when your pet's quality of life starts to decline. If you pet is having trouble doing the things he or she loves without having to stop and scratch, it is time to talk to your veterinarian about treatment options. You will also want to see a veterinarian if your pet's scratching has started to produce bloodied areas on the body. Sections of open skin can create a perfect site for bacteria to enter the body. Today, there are several easy medications to give your cat or dog with allergies. Often it is a simple pill taken once or twice daily.
At All Friends Veterinary Hospital we care about your pets and want them to be healthy. Suffering with allergies can be miserable and could potentially lead to scarring or infection. Our team of veterinarians is here to help. We are conveniently located at 84 East Main Street, East Islip, NY, 11730. To schedule an appointment to discuss your pet's allergies with a vet call us at (631) 277-8700.