Allergies in Dogs and Cats

If your Grandview pet seems extra itchy, your furry buddy could have allergies. Just like people, our furry friends can get allergic reactions to food, pollen, or dust. Fido won’t be able to tell you if he is being bothered by allergies, but there are specific symptoms for pet allergies, so it might help you to know what the signs are.

The most common type of allergy in pets, atopy, is usually seasonal. Pets with allergies to ragweed may have problems in the fall, while tree pollen allergies are more common in spring. Symptoms of atopy include constant licking of the groin and side, face rubbing, ear infections, and respiratory problems. Your pet may wheeze or sneeze, though this happens a bit more often in cats than in dogs. Your dog may also chew his paws if he has atopy. Dogs may also have a clear discharge from his eyes or nose.

Your furkid can also have allergic reactions to certain foods. Sometimes pets with food allergies will burp, vomit, have diarrhea or pass gas. In dogs, the most common food allergies are to beef, dairy, and wheat. Kitties tend to be allergic to beef, dairy and fish, as well as lamb, wheat, chicken, and corn. Your furry buddy might be itchy, if he is having an allergic reaction to food. Pets with the itchies will sometimes bite their paws, shake their heads, rub their faces, or rub their bottoms on the floor or rug. Ear problems are another symptom of allergic reactions in pets, so keep an eye out for any discharge from your pet’s ears.

Skin infections are also common with food allergies. Sometimes these skin infections can become serious, and your pet may even require antibiotics. Antibiotics will not help the allergy; they will just help the skin infection. If you notice your pet itching after a trip to the groomer, it’s possible that your little buddy is allergic to some of the products they use at the salon.

There are various treatments available for treating allergies in pets. Medicated shampoos may help your pet. Supplements, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, may also be helpful. Your vet may even recommend an antihistamine, or a steroid. If your furry pal is allergic to something in the air, changing air filters, vacuuming frequently, and laundering your pet’s bedding with a non-allergenic detergent will help. Don’t keep your pet’s bed in a garage, attic, or a room with a lot of storage boxes. It may also help to keep your buddy inside in the morning and evening, when pollen counts are peaking.

Please check with your Grandview vet if you think your pet may have allergies.