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Understanding Allergies in Pets: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies too. Various factors can cause pets to have allergies, including food, pollen, and dust. If your furry friend shows signs of allergies, such as itching, sneezing, or skin irritation, it's essential to seek veterinary care. In this guide, we'll explore the common causes, symptoms, and treatment options for allergies in pets.

Types of allergies in pets.

Several types of allergies that can affect pets, including:

  • food allergies
  • environmental allergies
  • flea allergies

Food allergies: Food allergies occur when a pet has an allergic reaction to a specific ingredient in your pet's food. Identifying and eliminating any foods causing an allergic reaction in your pet is essential. We can help you navigate through the process of identifying and eliminating allergens in your pet's food and get your pet on an appropriate diet for their needs.  True food allergies are not as common as environmental allergies and signs can include itchy skin, loose stools, and vomiting. 

Environmental allergies Common household allergens such as pollen, dust, and mold can cause allergic reactions in pets. To manage environmental allergies, you must reduce your pet's exposure to these allergens. Keep your home clean and dust-free, wash your pet's bedding regularly, and vacuum carpets and upholstery frequently. Consider using air purifiers or hypoallergenic filters in your home.  Simple things like rinsing your pet's feet off after having been outside to remove pollens from the skin can help decrease some of the allergic reactions.

Flea Allergies: An allergic reaction to flea saliva causes flea allergies and can be particularly uncomfortable for pets. A pet can suffer from just one flea bite leading to intense itching and skin irritation. To manage flea allergies, you must keep your pet flea-free. We offer pet-friendly flea, tick, and other parasite control and prevention products. These products are available in multiple brand names, ranging in price. We carry the most dependable veterinary pharmaceuticals and will go the extra mile to pair your pet and budget with the perfect products.

Symptoms of allergies in pets.

The symptoms of allergies in pets can vary depending on the cause and severity of the allergy. Some common symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Redness of the skin
  • Skin Inflammation
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes.

In more severe cases, pets may experience difficulty breathing or develop hives. It's essential to consult with one of our veterinarians if you suspect your pet may be experiencing allergies, as they can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Diagnosis and treatment options for allergies in pets.

Veterinarians use allergy tests to identify and diagnose allergies that may affect your pet. The tests are either skin or blood tests and can help us determine what potential allergens trigger a reaction in your pet. Common allergens include dust, pollen, mold, and insect stings. Treatments may include medications like anti-inflammatories or immunotherapy shots. Allergy testing can also help identify environmental allergens you can remove from your home.

Prevention and management of allergies in pets.

While it may not be possible to prevent pets' allergies completely, you can take steps to minimize their exposure to potential allergens. Prevention may include:

  • Regular grooming to remove pollen or other irritants from their fur.
  • Using hypoallergenic bedding or cleaning products.
  • Avoiding certain foods or treats that may trigger an allergic reaction.
  • Monitoring your pet’s symptoms.
  • Seeking veterinary care promptly if you suspect your pet may be experiencing an allergic reaction.

*At Advanced Pet Care Clinic, our veterinarians and staff emphasize the importance of proper nutrition during all phases of your dog's life. Whether your dog is a puppy, adolescent, adult, or senior, each stage of its life comes with some special nutritional considerations. Our veterinarians are here to help you understand our pet's dietary needs. With proper management and care, many pets with allergies can live happy and healthy lives.

Final Words

It can be frustrating for any pet parent to figure out on their own what is causing their pet to have an allergic reaction. There can be a variety of causes, so it is best to seek veterinary help. If you think your pet may be suffering from an allergic reaction, please give us a call now.

Your Friendly Team
Advanced Pet Care Clinic

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