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Allergies in Pets and How to Manage Them

We often see pets scratch now and then. But what if your pet seems to be scratching a lot? Or they may have red, inflamed skin or are sneezing. Pets can also suffer from allergies, just like humans can. From food to environmental factors, there are a variety of allergens that can affect your furry friend. In this guide, we’ll cover the common allergies in pets and how to manage them to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Seasonal Allergies: Manage Symptoms with Medication and Other Treatments.

Seasonal allergies are a common problem for pets. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, and watery eyes. We may recommend medications such as antihistamines or corticosteroids to manage seasonal allergies. Allergy shots or immunotherapy may help your pet build up a tolerance to the allergen. Additionally, keeping your pet indoors during peak allergy season and regularly bathing them can help reduce symptoms.

Flea Allergies: Keep Your Pet Flea-Free.

Fleas can irritate any pet with just their bites. But pets can also suffer an allergic reaction to a flea bite. Even one flea bite can cause an allergic reaction in sensitive pets, leading to intense itching and skin irritation. So, keeping your pet flea-free is essential to manage flea allergies. Our expert staff can recommend medications to help control fleas and other parasites such as ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites.  You can also read our blog on Flea and Tick Prevention for more information on how to get rid of a flea infestation.

Food Allergies: Identify and Eliminate Problem Foods.

Food allergies in pets occur when their immune system identifies certain ingredients in their diet as harmful and triggers an allergic reaction. Common allergens include proteins such as chicken, beef, dairy, and grains like wheat or corn. Pets with food allergies may exhibit various symptoms, including skin irritation, itching, redness, gastrointestinal issues, and even ear infections. Diagnosing food allergies can be challenging, but it’s crucial to differentiate them from other health conditions. Elimination diets, where potential allergens are removed from the pet’s diet, are often employed to identify the trigger.

Environmental Allergies: Reduce Exposure to Allergens.

Environmental allergies in pets can be caused by a variety of allergens such as dust mites and mold. To manage environmental allergies:

  1. Reduce your pet’s exposure to these allergens.
  2. Keep your home clean and dust-free, wash your pet’s bedding regularly, and vacuum carpets and upholstery frequently.
  3. Consider using air purifiers or hypoallergenic filters in your home.

Talk with us about allergy testing and treatment options for your pet.

Contact Allergies: Identify and Avoid Irritants.

Contact allergies in pets occur when their skin comes into contact with an irritant or allergen, such as certain fabrics, cleaning products, or plants. It’s essential to identify and avoid irritants. Managing contact allergies may involve changing your pet’s bedding or keeping your pet out of certain areas of your home. We can also recommend topical treatments or medications to help manage symptoms

Final Words

Pets can suffer from various allergy triggers. There can also be other causes for the above symptoms. Therefore, it is essential to seek veterinary care if your pet is experiencing persistent or severe symptoms. If you think your pet may be suffering from some allergic reaction, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Your Compassionate Team
Countryside Veterinary Service

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