Does your pet sneeze? Does your dog chew his feet? Does he rub his face or constantly lick his groin? Is your cat wheezing? These are all signs of pet allergies, which can make animals very uncomfortable. If you are concerned, you should consult with your veterinarian. Allergies are frustrating but they can be treated successfully in most cases.
Allergies can lead to serious problems for pets. Some animals begin scratching their skin so hard that they develop sores and welts which are vulnerable to infection. Dogs get recurring ear infections. Cats may have scabs on their faces. Hair loss is another symptom of chronic allergies.
Pet owners aren’t always familiar with the signs of allergies which can vary depending on the type of animal. Some cats make frequent noises that sound like they have hairballs. This can actually be wheezing that is allergy-related asthma. A veterinarian can x-ray the cat’s lungs and determine if the animal has asthma, which can be easily treated. Your cat will be much more comfortable if the asthma is addressed.
What are pets typically allergic to? Often, they are sensitive to the same things as humans. They can have reactions to foods, grass, pollen, trees and medications. Fleas often trigger allergic reactions in animals. Your veterinarian will ask you detailed questions about your pet’s behavior and the substances the animal is exposed to.
Your veterinarian will recommend a variety of treatments based on the source of the allergen. If it’s food-based, you will need to change the pet’s diet. You may need to experiment with a few foods to find one that your pet both likes and tolerates. Your veterinarian may recommend changes in flea repellents and household cleaners. The animal may additional special treatment for seasonal allergies.
If your pet has a severe allergy, your veterinarian may prescribe an epi-pen. This is a treatment that is used on humans with severe allergies. When your pet is exposed to a bug bite, chemical or other serious allergen, you will need to inject the animal with the epi-pen. This will reduce the severity of the reaction until you can reach an emergency veterinarian.