Allergies in cats and dogs are common, and can become an itchy problem when left untreated. Unlike in humans, allergies in animals do not typically produce respiratory symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes (although these can be present in cats). In most cases, allergies in pets cause problems with the skin and ears.
The symptoms of allergies in pets often include:
- Persistent scratching
- Biting or licking at paws and other parts of the body
- Ear infection
- Red, inflamed skin
- Hair loss
The causes of allergies in pets are varied, but generally fall into one of four types:
Despite concern over grains, many food allergies are actually caused by protein sources, such as chicken, beef, and soy.
These allergies include plant and tree pollens, grasses, dust, dander, and weeds.
Some pets are highly sensitive to chemicals used in everything from laundry detergent to synthetic carpeting.
Flea bite dermatitis
This allergic reaction occurs from an overreaction of the immune system to flea saliva and can cause intense itching.
Diagnosis and Treatment
If your pet is exhibiting symptoms of an allergy, we encourage you to schedule an appointment so we can get to the source of the problem. Through the use of blood testing, food trials, or skin testing, we can accurately diagnosis the allergy and get your pet started on the most effective treatment.