Just like you, your pet can have allergies. This occurs when their immune system recognizes certain substances as dangerous. As your pet’s body tries to rid itself of these substances it can cause a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms. Some general allergy symptoms can include:
- Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
- Increased scratching
- Itchy runny eyes
- Itchy back/base of tail (commonly associated with flea allergy)
- Itchy ears
- Paw chewing
- Swollen paws
- Constant licking
Allergies may also cause your pet to suffer from bacterial or yeast infections. Which can lead to sores/scabs on the skin, as well as hair loss.
Common allergens that may be causing your pet may be allergic to include:
- Tree, grass, and weed pollens
- Mold spores
- Dust and house dust mites
- Cigarette smoke
- or ingredient(s) in their food like the protein (meat) source or grains.
If you suspect your pet has an allergy it is best to seek treatment as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will work with you to seek control of your pet’s allergies and improve their quality of life. Allergies can be seasonal or all year round, but are typically a lifelong problem.