We may not realize, but our pets can have allergies just like us! Most often these are either food allergies or environmental allergies. We might not notice that our pet has allergies right away because their symptoms are different than ours. It is more common for pet allergy symptoms to involve skin irritation rather than issues in the respiratory tract, like in humans (healthypets.mercola.com). While less common, pets CAN experience some of these respiratory symptoms such as wheezing or sneezing, so never discount those symptoms. While you should always consult your veterinarian for a professional diagnosis, here are some symptoms to look out for that may indicate your pet has allergies:
Is your dog itching or scratching excessively?
Are they chewing or biting at their skin or paws?
Do you notice red, inflamed skin?
Is there any hair loss or patchiness of their fur from constant itching?
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Red, inflamed skin from constant itching
If you begin to notice these symptoms after you change your pet’s diet, there is a possibility that the culprit is a food allergy. However, if you notice that these symptoms occur during changing seasons, it could point to an environmental factor. If your dog is experiencing these issues all year round, it could be food related or caused by an environmental trigger that is present in your area all year.
Allergy symptoms can lead to other health issues for your pet. They may develop ear infections or sores on their body from constant scratching, which could also become infected. In addition, you may easily misdiagnose your pet’s food allergy for a sensitive digestive tract if your pet is experiencing gastrointestinal issues (petwave.com). This is why it is essential to talk to your veterinarian if your pet shows any worrying symptoms. If you and your veterinarian can identify what you pet is allergic to, you can devise a treatment plan. For food allergies, simply avoiding the offending food should clear up any issues your pet is experiencing (pethealthnetwork.com). However, if your pet’s allergy is environmental, it is often not as easy to avoid the allergen altogether. In this case, your vet may recommend a medication to help control the symptoms.
Although it may not be apparent, our pets have more in common with us than it seems. They can experience negative effects from the same things we do, though they may show it in different ways. If your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms related to allergies, please consult your veterinarian.
-Your friends at Nova Pets Health Center