Determining the Cause of Pet Allergies
Most people think that disease and serious illnesses do not affect their pets until they become seniors. However, cats and dogs are at just as much risk of suffering from allergies as we are. Understanding the risks to your pet’s health allows you to provide him or her with the quality health care they deserve. Here at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital, our team can help to diagnose your pet’s allergies and treat the conditions accordingly.
Both animals and humans suffer from the same common kinds of allergies. Pollen and grasses flare up and die down different times of the year triggering allergic reactions. Irritating particles are inhaled or eaten causing a reaction in the animal. It affects the sense of smell in cats and dogs.
Food can be another cause of allergies. Not all cat and dog foods are necessarily good for your individual pet. Some foods contain ingredients safe to most animals but can be harmful to those that are allergic. Food allergic reactions will frequently make themselves evident through the skin and fur causing itchy skin patches to develop. Pets can be bad at controlling their scratching and can irritate the skin patch with excessive scratching. Soon enough, the itchy spot has turned into a wound with a loss of fur and possible infection.
Symptoms of An Allergy Problem
Dog and cat allergies are can be very much a case by case situation. If a pet is suffering from an allergic reaction, his or her symptoms will likely be different from another pet suffering the same allergy. However, there are some common symptoms that can be shared and spotted if you know what to watch for. These symptoms include:
- Dry, flaking skin and rough spots
- Lots of licking, biting, and chewing the lower body
- Excessive mucus from the nose or eyes
- Ear irritations and scratching
- Lots of sneezing
- Excessively loud snoring
- Irritated paws
Our Team Can Help
There are lots of home remedies and over-the-counter solutions for pet allergies, but nothing is more beneficial to your pet than bringing him or her in for an exam. We can effectively understand what allergies your pet has and help to treat them properly. Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital provides top quality care program for pets and can provide specializations in animal allergies. Instead of wondering what is causing a problem, we work with accurate information to improve the health of your pet effectively. Contact us today to see how we can help your animal feel better.