Keeping Pet Allergies Under Control
Many pets, regardless of their age or size, can fall victim to allergies. An allergic pet appears uncomfortable and may spend a lot of time scratching, sneezing, shaking their head, and licking and chewing at their paws. At Humane Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital in Plano, we recommend seeking help for your pet’s symptoms as soon as possible, since allergies can cause a perpetual cycle of itching, scratching, and skin infections.
What Can Pets Be Allergic To?
Like people, pets can develop extreme sensitivity to allergens such as:
- Food ingredients (chicken, pork, beef, wheat, lamb, eggs, dairy, etc.)
- Cleaning solutions
Is your pet itchy and miserable? Do they have bald spots, dandruff, or swollen ears? We can give them the relief they need.
Schedule a checkup for your pet today.
Spotting Allergies in Your Pet
The most common type of allergy in pets is called atopy, which is generally seasonal, but there is also contact dermatitis and food allergies. Their symptoms include:
- Feet chewing
- Licking at sides and groin
- Face rubbing
- Red, inflamed ears
- Facial scabbing on cats, recurring hot spots on dogs
- Red, crusty/scaly skin
- Bald spots
- Frequent, vigorous scratching
- Blisters or red, itchy bumps on areas of skin that were exposed to an allergen
- Hair loss
- Yeast infections in the ears
- More frequent bowel movements, softer stool
- Itching of the face, feet, limbs, and anal area
Allergies Are More Than Skin Deep
Skin problems make up just one part of pet allergies as a whole. Other issues pets can have as a result of an allergy include:
- Breathing problems/asthma
- Conjunctivitis (inflammation of inner eyelid and outer membrane of the eye)
- Gastrointestinal issues, like vomiting and diarrhea
- Autoimmune disorders (in which the immune system attacks the body’s own organs and tissues)
How We Can Treat Them
Allergies are complicated. Therefore, it may take time to find a solution to your pet’s problems. Luckily, we offer diagnostics for detecting and understanding allergies and their related issues. We can do bloodwork, take tissue samples, and more to see how we can treat your pet’s symptoms. You can also expect a discussion about potential allergens around your home and other places your pet has been—you just never know!
Your pet’s treatment may include:
- Oral medication
- Injectable medication
- Diet change
- Topical medication
- Dietary supplements
- Cryosurgery (for abnormal tissue removal)