There is a lot of talk about people being allergic to pets, but pets can be victims of allergies as well. Our veterinarians in Bossier City at Jimmie Davis Animal Hospital see many pet owners who are concerned about things like bald spots, runny eyes, and more in their pets. Fearing the worst, pet owners are relieved when we can reassure them that allergies are causing the problem. However, the hardest part is determining what your pet is allergic to, whether from an environmental, food, or contact allergen. Once we diagnosed the allergy, treatment can ease your furry animal’s symptoms, and you and your pet can get back to enjoying daily activities.
Types of Pet Allergies
Pets can be allergic to many of the same things humans are. Spring allergies can cause flare-ups due to grass, tree, and pollen. Food allergies are common as well. These can develop at any age, and may even involve foods your pet has eaten for years. Common food allergies are beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat, and soy. Pets can also be allergic to dust, mites, fleas, and dander. Cigarette smoke is another allergy that affects both dogs and cats. Your furry pet can be allergic to the smell of cleaning products and parasite shampoos.
Symptoms related to Pet Allergies
Often, the symptoms of an allergy show themselves as skin problems. Hot spots, itching, skin rashes, hives, and red, flaky skin are very common. Your animal may licking itself an extra amount of time or scratch relentlessly because its skin is dry or itchy. Fur loss is not uncommon. Another thing to watch for is ear problems as they are commonly associated with pet allergies. You will notice your pet pawing at its ear or shaking its head often. If the irritation causes an infection, you will notice a foul odor coming from your pet's ears. Dogs are prone to suffer from seasonal allergies, and experience sneezing and watery eyes. Food allergies often present symptoms of upset stomachs, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Bossier City for Pet Allergy Treatment
If your pet is showing signs of allergies, contact Jimmie Davis Animal Hospital for treatment. After an exam and testing, we can give your furry animal a course of treatment that can relieve his or her symptoms. Allergies are often lifelong conditions, but with regular care and avoidance of the irritating substance, your pet can live a long, healthy, and happy life. Call us today at (318) 742-5353 to schedule an appointment.