Recognising Signs of Pet Allergies
Pets are not safe from allergies and just as humans, it can make your pets uncomfortable and develop severe reactions that can cause great health problems. Here at Pettrotters, we’re dedicated to giving fur-babies everywhere the tools they need live life to the fullest. This is why we believe it is so beneficial to be able to recognise symptoms of pet allergies so you can take steps to lessen your pet’s irritation and help them live happy and healthier lives.
But before we dig deeper, what is an Allergy?
Allergy occurs when an immune system reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless for most living organism. These substances are known as allergens and are found in dust mites, pollen, insects, ticks, moulds, fabrics, foods and some medicines.
Since we are talking about pets, and not people, the level of pet’s allergies will vary and remember that not every pet has the same reaction to the same allergen. Some may even be allergic to multiple items, making it more difficult for the pet owners to pinpoint which allergic hazards are causing irritations and discomfort to their pets.
Key facts about dogs and cats with pet allergies
• The most common cause of allergies in dogs and cats is fleas.
• 50% of allergic dogs have ear infections.
• 66% of dog food allergies are made up of beef, dairy, and wheat.
• 90% of cat food allergies are made up of beef, dairy, and fish.
• Allergies are one of the most common causes of skin disease in canines and felines.
The following are typical reactions to allergic pets such as…
• Reddened and itchy skin
• Excessive scratching or biting
• Excessively runny eyes or nose
• Diarrhoea or other digestive problems
• Reddened or swollen paws
• Chronic era infections
• Hair loss
• Sores or scabs on the skin
Pets’ hypersensitivity side effects may change from every day, depending upon what is their response and exposure to the allergen. At the point when side effects are intermittent, it is critical to look for a veterinarian’s consideration for legitimate analysis of the sensitivity and finding the suitable treatment to make the pet in good condition.
Now and again, basic way of life changes may drastically decrease or take out the pet’s side effects, while progressively serious allergic reactions may require continuous treatment. Whatever the case, recognising the indications of sensitivities in pets is the initial step to limiting the irritation and discomfort that they are experiencing to the allergens that was exposed to them.