People sometimes feel surprised that their pets can develop many of the same health conditions they do, including allergies. If you suspect your pet could have allergies, be sure to contact Battletown Animal Hospital for testing and treatment options right away.

Three Most Common Types of Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Allergies in pets typically fall into one of the categories described below, but not always. Be sure to observe your pet’s symptoms regardless of the possible cause.

Allergic flea dermatitis: This condition develops in animals with a sensitivity to flea saliva. Intense scratching is the first indication your pet may have allergic flea dermatitis. The most common area for dogs and cats to develop allergic flea dermatitis is the base of their tail. If your pet has this condition, you will notice the skin looks inflamed, scabbed, and red. A simple way to know that you’re dealing with allergic flea dermatitis is to look for flea dirt or actual fleas on your pet’s fur.

Environmental allergies: Dust, mold, and pollen are common allergens in people and pets. You might notice these allergies only occur in your pet at certain times of the year. Pets with environmental allergies typically scratch in these areas of the body:

  • Ankles 
  • Around the eyes 
  • Between toes 
  • Groin 
  • Muzzle 
  • Underarms 
  • Wrists

Food allergies: Your pet may be allergic to certain ingredients in dog or cat food if you notice aggressive itching of the ears and paws. Food allergies can also cause gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea. Fortunately, several pet food manufacturing companies sell food specifically designed for dogs and cats with food allergies.

All types of allergies can be serious for pets because the excess scratching and biting can cause the skin to open and become infected. Bacterial and yeast infections require your pet to complete a round of antibiotics.

Animals, like people, are also at risk of anaphylactic shock when they have a severe allergic reaction. Bee stings and vaccine reactions are the leading causes of anaphylactic shock in pets.

Although a severe allergic reaction is rare, be sure to look for facial swelling and the presence of hives on your pet’s body.

Symptoms of Allergies in Pets

Here are some additional symptoms of allergies to look for in your pet besides the ones we have already mentioned:

  • Discharge from eyes and nose 
  • Frequent ear infections 
  • Sneezing 
  • Swelling of the ears, eyes, or lips 
  • Vomiting

Keep in mind any of the symptoms we listed could occur due to a condition other than allergies. This is the reason we recommend having a veterinarian look at your pet if any type of new symptoms develops. Please schedule an appointment with Battletown Animal Hospital today to discuss treatment options to help your pet feel more comfortable.

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