Does My Pet Have Allergies?
It’s that time of year….Fall. As the leaves turn, we all start to sniffle a bit and our allergies begin to drive us all crazy. Your pet may have allergies too. Is your pet scratching, wheezing or even vomiting? Allergies can be quite complex. Having allergies is not considered a one-size fits all diagnoses. There are different types of allergies as well as many different signs and symptoms. Keep reading to learn more about allergies and what to be on the lookout for.
Here are just 3 Types of Pet Allergies:
- Airborne Allergies (atopy): If your pet suffers from airborne allergies it means that something in the air or something that he breathes in is causing the allergy. Some offending airborne allergies are: tree pollens, grass pollens, weed pollens, dust mites, and mold. Some signs that may indicate your pet suffers from these allergies are: scratching his face, feet and other body parts. Treatment for this type of allergy can be tough because it involves eliminating your pet’s exposure to the culprit. However, your pet may also be given allergy shots or Benadryl by the vet to combat symptoms.
- Food Allergies: Many food allergens are beef, chicken, wheat, soy, eggs, and corn. Some signs that may exist are: scratching, skin and/or ear infections. The presence of loose stool may also be indicative of food allergies. If your pet has airborne allergies, he will most likely have airborne allergies too. It is very common for them to coexist. Identifying which food or foods your pet is allergic too is usually a time consuming task as you will need to go through a period of trial and error. Your pet will need to follow a strict diet adding and taking foods away until the culprit is identified
- Flea Allergies: One single flea bite will send your dog into overload if he’s allergic to fleas. He will scratch and bit the affected area, often breaking the skin. Hot spots and skin infections may persist. You will notice that the legs and hind quarters are the areas most affected. To keep your pet safe from suffering, you will need to have him on a very strict flea prevention regime. There are many choices for this, including holistic options.
What are some other signs that my pet may have allergies?
• Rubs his face on floor and/or furniture • Sniffles/runny nose • Sneezing/Coughing/Wheezing • Chronic ear infections/ Scratches ears frequently • Chews on his paws or other body parts • Open wounds/hot spots/rashes • Vomiting and/or diarrhea • Watery or oozing eyes