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Pet Allergies: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

photo of a Jack Russell Terrier wallowing on its back | Whitworth Animal ClinicDoes your pet suffer from allergies? When pets begin to itch and scratch, some owners are quick to blame fleas. However, these blood-sucking insects are not always the culprits. The irritation could also point to another type of allergic condition. Let’s examine the most common pet allergies.

Environmental Allergies

A lot of people tend to suffer from seasonal allergies. Animals are at risk as well. Pollen, dust mites, and mold can all cause pets to experience allergy flair-ups. You should pay close attention to changes in your pet’s behavior. If they start to excessively scratch or rub against walls, this could definitely be the result of pet allergies. On the other hand, respiratory problems that stem from rhinitis will cause your pet to act very sluggish. Ear infections are also especially common in dogs. Whitworth Animal Clinic urges you to get your pet examined as soon as possible. The required treatment will vary from one pet to the next. While some may benefit from topical treatments and baths, others will need to get vaccinated.

Food Allergies

Your pet’s diet has a major impact on its overall health. Simple changes, such as giving your pet gluten-free foods, can be a major benefit. Some animals are hypersensitive to certain foods. Beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, and soy are just a few of the known culprits. Even gnawing on bones will cause issues for some dogs. Because food allergies can develop at any age, they often confuse pet owners. Like environmental allergies, food allergies can cause itchiness. Don’t be surprised to see hives and rashes on your pet’s body. You also need to watch out for gastrointestinal problems, which may include vomiting and diarrhea.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

The chemicals inside your home have a direct impact on your pet’s likelihood of suffering from allergic contact dermatitis. While walking around, your buddy can easily get exposed to insecticides, paint, and detergents. If you look closely, you’re likely to notice redness on their skin. In contrast to cats, dogs are prone to developing hot spots. The irritation often causes dogs to complicate the problem by scratching profusely. Over time, hair loss and scabbing are likely to occur. Although washing your pet with a medicated shampoo can bring temporary relief, antihistamines may be necessary to completely alleviate the symptoms.

Located in Madison, Whitworth Animal Clinic proudly serves all of the surrounding areas in North Alabama. From treating pet allergies to veterinary surgery, we provide a wide range of different services. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Whitworth.

*This article is not meant to take the place of professional veterinarian advice. If you have any questions, please contact Whitworth Animal Clinic or a vet in your area.

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