Allergies can affect your pets just the same way as they affect humans. Knowing how to deal with allergies in pets can be a challenge. The first sign of an allergy in your pet could be red itchy eyes, excessive scratching, sneezing, and hair loss.
If you suspect allergies in your pets, you should book a visit at your local veterinary clinic for a checkup.
Pet cats and dogs can be allergic to a number of things. Flea allergies, food allergies, environmental allergies, and contact allergies can all affect pets. Because the source of your pet’s allergy symptoms can be wide and varied, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact allergen.
The best way to attack allergies in your pets is to know the symptoms of different types of allergies.
Symptoms of food allergies in pets
Food allergies can develop over time and your pet cat or dog can even become allergic to food they have eaten for a long time. The most common foods that cause allergic reactions in pets are dairy, beef, wheat, and chicken.
The most common symptoms of food allergies in cats and dogs are:
- Itching around the face
- Anal itching
- Gastrointestinal upset like diarrhea or vomiting
Symptoms of flea allergies in cat and dogs
Dogs and cats that are allergic to flea bites usually show signs of red swollen bumps where the flea bit occurred. What are the other tell-tale signs to look for?
- Excessive licking, scratching, or biting where the flea bite occurred
- Sores or scabs where your dog or cat has been biting
- Visible signs of fleas or flea eggs in your pet’s fur
Symptoms of environmental allergies in dogs and cats
Allergies to pollen, grass, and mold are as common among our furry friends as they are among us humans. Some pet allergies like pollen allergies are seasonal; whereas other allergies to mold, mildew, or grass can occur all year round.
The most common symptoms of environmental allergies are:
- Excessive itching and scratching of various parts of the body
- Inflamed ears and ear infections
- Puffy eyes and a runny nose
- Sneezing and/or coughing
If you suspect that your pet has an allergy, you should pay a visit to your vet for a checkup.