Seasonal allergies in dogs and cats

Seasonal allergies in dogs and cats

Allergies in cats and dogs is not something we always think off when we see that our pets are not so happy and healthy. But just like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from seasonal allergies. Excessive licking, scratching and biting that the allergy cause can put the dog or cat at risk for more serious problems like skin infections. 50% of the pet owners do not know that their pet suffers from allergies. Following are some of the most common allergies, tips and treatments. Never wait if you notice any of the symptoms but make an appointment with the vet.

Symptoms

Appearance: hair loss and reddened around eyes, chin and muzzle. Behaviour: scratching or rubbing ears with paws or against furniture.

Appearance: waxy discharge, redness, odor. Behaviour: scratching or rubbing ears with paws or against furniture.

Appearance: bald spots, brown discolouration where licking has occurred. Behaviour: scratching sides or belly, rubbing face against furniture or carpet, licking.

Appearance: reddened, possible with gusts or scales, odor with secondary infections Behaviour: scratching and licking sides or belly, elbows and groin.

Appearance: inflammation, redness, odor, brown discolouration where licking occurred. Behaviour: constantly licking and chewing feet and/or paws.

Common allergens

Fleas are the number one cause of allergic reactions in pets. The bite of just one flea is enough to send flea-allergic pets into itching and scratching.

Treatment: Fleas control program; monthly spot-on medication that kills adult ticks and fleas and disrupts the lifecycle of the parasite to prevent more fleas from hatching and maturing.

When you pet inhales or come in contact with one of these substances it can irritate the skin.

Treatment Repeated injections of a serum containing allergens to decrease the immune system sensitivity for them. Symptomatic treatment with medication that help dampen tje pet’s allergic response.

Ingredients in food that initiate an allergic reaction when eaten. Food allergies not only cause itchy skin, but can also cause vomiting or diarrhoea.

Treatment: Rigorous food trial during which time a dog or cat can only eat a diet that does not contain common allergens like beef, dairy and fish.

If you are not sure if your pet has an allergy or if you see any of the above symptoms do not hesitate and make directly an appointment with the vet.

Remember to call us if you have any questions regarding your pet’s health. Be sure to check out our Tick FAQ if you want more information on tick prevention.

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