Did you know that at least one out of every three households has a pet? While most pet owners wouldn't trade their furry friend for the world, they may not be aware of the many allergies those pets can suffer from. At Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington, we would like to discuss some of the most common allergies in pets and what you can do to help them feel better.
Pets can develop allergies to just about anything in their environment, including pollen, mold, dust mites, and certain foods. However, the most common allergen by far is flea saliva. When a flea bites your pet, its saliva enters the bloodstream and causes an allergic reaction. Pets can also be allergic to the proteins found in their own skin and fur, which is why regular baths are so important.
Pet allergy symptoms can vary depending on the allergen, but they often include itchy skin, excessive licking or scratching, hair loss, hot spots, and rashes. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to bring him to our veterinarians right away for the treatment he needs.
There is no cure for allergies, but there are ways to manage them and make your pet more comfortable. Depending on the scope of the allergy, your vet may recommend a special diet, medication, or even allergy shots. If you think your pet may be allergic to something in his environment, it is important to take steps to remove that allergen from his life. It might be necessary to switch to hypoallergenic food or shampoo or incorporate air filters and vacuum cleaners with high-efficiency particulate arrest (HEPA) filters.
At Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians are here to help you and your pet through every stage of life, which includes dealing with allergies. Call our team today at (309) 663-1414 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.