Like humans, your four-legged friend is prone to various allergies that might cause gastrointestinal, respiratory, and dermatological issues. Allergies can be painful and frustrating for both you and your furry companion. Fortunately, our veterinary team at Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital in Surrey diagnoses and treats pet allergies. Read on for some of the commonly asked questions regarding pet allergies.
When Do Pet Allergies Become Serious?
If your pet's skin is inflamed, red, or shows patches, it might be time to see our vet. In addition, if the skin appears to be bloodied or scabbed, you should seek immediate treatment. Large, open wounds are the ideal site for dangerous bacteria to enter your pet's body and cause infection.
What are the Symptoms of Allergies?
Pet allergy symptoms caused by inflammation of nasal passages include:
• Runny nose
• Postnasal drip
• Nasal congestion
• Frequent awakening
• Facial pain and pressure
• Red, watery, or itchy eyes
• Swollen skin under your eyes
If your pet's allergy causes asthma, your pet might also experience the following:
• Difficulty breathing
• Chest pain or tightness
• Audible wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
• Trouble sleeping caused by coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
What Causes Pet Allergies?
Here are the four main types of allergies that may affect your pet:
• Food Allergies: Adverse reactions to food affect nearly 10% of all pets and may show up at any age. Dogs may have allergies to eggs, soy, chicken, lamb, wheat, dairy, and beef, while cats are mainly allergic to fish, chicken, dairy, or beef.
• Contact Allergies: Contact allergies are when your pet reacts to common household items like carpets, leather, plastic, shampoos, soaps, and detergents. Although rare, they may still cause discomfort to your pet.
• Environmental Allergies: Environmental allergies result from outdoor allergens like grass and pollen or indoor ones like mold, mites, and dust.
• Fleas: Flea allergy dermatitis is a skin reaction to the saliva of fleas. A single bite from a flea can cause intense itching and irritation that can last several days.
How Can a Veterinarian Treat My Pet's Allergies?
Treatment depends on your pet's symptoms and allergens. When possible, the best treatment is to eliminate the allergens. For instance, preventative flea treatment is the best action if your pet is allergic to fleas. If it's allergic to corn, you'll need to give them a corn-free diet.
Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to avoid all allergens. Dust and pollen are common allergens that your pet is exposed to. In that case, our vet can prescribe medications like corticosteroids and antihistamines, depending on the severity of your pet's symptoms.
Visit Our Veterinarians in Surrey for Pet Allergy Treatment
Visit us as soon as possible if you spot any symptoms of allergies in your pet. At Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians will diagnose your pet's condition and offer the proper treatment. Contact us today at (604) 536-3131 to schedule an appointment.