Just like us, our furry friends can suffer from allergies. Your dog wagging its tail at the door or your cat purring on your lap might be battling unseen allergens. At Eagleson Veterinary Clinic, we believe in equipping our clients with the knowledge they need to ensure their pets live healthy and happy lives.

Common Signs of Allergies in Pets

Firstly, it’s essential to recognize the signs. Dogs and cats can’t communicate their discomfort in words, but their behaviour and physical changes can speak volumes.

For dogs:

  • Constant scratching or biting at the skin
  • Red, inflamed skin or ear infections
  • Watery eyes or frequent sneezing
  • Chewing on paws or swollen paws
  • Digestive issues like diarrhea or vomiting (especially after eating)

For cats:

  • Over-grooming or pulling out hair leads to bald patches
  • Scratching around the neck or ears
  • Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing
    Red or watery eyes
  • Small scabs on the skin (often referred to as miliary dermatitis)

Common Allergens for Dogs and Cats

The triggers for these allergies in pets are not very different from what affects humans.

  1. Pollen: Yes, pets can be allergic to tree, grass, and flower pollens, just like us.
  2. Food: Some pets develop allergies to specific proteins or ingredients in their diets.
  3. Fleas: A single flea bite can cause an intense allergic reaction in some pets.
  4. Dust Mites: These tiny creatures can wreak havoc on a pet’s immune system.
  5. Household products: Cleaning products, perfumes, or even certain fabrics can be irritants.

Diagnosing and Treating Allergies

If you suspect your pet has an allergy, the first step is to consult with us or your local veterinarian. We can conduct specific tests to determine the allergen and recommend appropriate treatment.

  1. Dietary Changes: If a food allergy is suspected, we suggest a hypoallergenic diet or a diet elimination process to pinpoint the offending ingredient.
  2. Medication: Antihistamines or corticosteroids can be prescribed to alleviate symptoms. Always consult with a vet before giving any medication.
  3. Topical Treatments: Soothing shampoos or ointments can relieve itching and inflammation.
  4. Environmental Adjustments: This might include using air purifiers, hypoallergenic beddings, or frequent cleaning.
  5. Flea Prevention: Regular flea treatments can prevent flea-related allergic reactions.

Conclusion

Our top goal is the welfare of your pet. The first step in ensuring that pets are comfortable and can spend their days playing, loving, and being their gorgeous selves is to recognize and understand pet allergies. Never hesitate to contact us if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned or have questions concerning probable allergens.

Remember that our pets depend on us to comprehend and meet their requirements. Let’s ensure they have easier breathing, fewer scratches, and a happy life!

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