Just like people, dogs and cats can have sensitivities to foods or environmental factors, which may impact their health. Learn how to protect your pet and be able to recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Does your pet constantly scratch, shake their head or rub their body on the floor or furniture? Does your pet bite or lick its paws or tail furiously? Does your pet’s skin or hair coat show changes in appearance or bad odor? These signs may indicate your pet has allergies. Several factors can drive allergic responses in pets.
Your pet can react to mold, pollen and other common environmental factors. Some environmental allergens are seasonal while other can cause issues year round. These types of reactions cause varying degrees of itch. Excessive itching can lead to secondary infections of the skin and/or ears.
Itching and other allergy symptoms can also be caused by external parasites. Fleas are the most common parasite to cause itching. Fleas will cause any pet to itch, but pets that are flea allergic can show significant allergy symptoms even after only one flea bite. Comprehensive parasite control year round is imperative, especially in the Gulf Coast Region.
Your dog or cat's immune system can react to certain kinds of foods. These kind of allergies and intolerances typically have similar symptoms to environmental allergies which are primarily skin-related, causing itching and skin/ear infections. Food allergies may also manifest with GI symptoms such as diarrhea, decreased appetite and/or vomiting. Some of the most common allergens include chicken, beef and fish proteins contrary to popular belief that corn and other grains are a major source of food allergies in pets.
Treating Your Pet's Allergies
We can recommend an effective multi-step program to manage your pet's allergies. The first step is an exam and consultation with one of our trusted veterinarians to determine the cause of your pet’s allergies. Our staff will then develop a treatment plan to manage allergy symptoms and causes.
If you think your pet has allergies, contact us right away.