Sniffing Out Your Pet’s Allergies

September 15, 2017 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Allergy sufferers everywhere know how stressful allergies can be to deal with. What people may not know is that animals have their own allergies, too. Just like humans, their immune system sometimes overacts to allergens. However, their bodies respond differently than ours do. It’s important to be able to identify allergy symptoms in your pet so that you can take the steps necessary to help them fight their allergies.

Humans tend to have respiratory symptoms when their allergies act up. Dogs’ and cats’ allergies act up differently. Their symptoms are more skin-based rather than respiratory-based. Though it’s important to remember that dogs and cats do sneeze and can get inflamed throats, too.

The most common sign of allergies in pets is excessive itching. If your pet has been scratching more in the last few months, check their skin to see if there are red inflamed areas, hives, hot spots, and rashes. These are signs of allergy. Dogs with allergies develop inflamed ears often so check their ears, too. Runny eyes and red paws are also often marks of allergies.

It’s important to be able to identify allergy symptoms in pets, because if left untreated or if environmental factors don’t change, allergy symptoms in pets will grow worse over time. If you have any concerns about increased itching, or any other potential allergy symptoms in your pet, schedule an appointment. We would like to discover the source of your pet’s allergies and discuss symptom relief.

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