How to Tell If Your Pet Has Allergies

How to Tell if Your Pet Has Allergies

Like people, dogs and cats can have allergies, too. Allergies occur when a person’s or animal’s immune system encounters a normally harmless substance (called an allergen) like a food protein, dust, or pollen, and mistakes it for something dangerous like a virus or bacterium. As a result, the immune system attacks the allergen, triggering the resulting histamine response that is associated with sneezing, itching, burning, and watery eyes.
In pets, allergies tend to look a little different than they do in people. This can make them difficult to detect if you don’t know what to look for.

What Do Allergies Look Like in Pets? 5 Signs Your Pet Has Allergies

1. Itching

The most common symptom of allergies in pets is incessant itching – the kind of itching that keeps you and your pet awake at night. They might scratch, lick, or bite at their skin.

2. Frequent Infections

Pets with allergies tend to develop frequent skin and ear infections. As a result, your pet’s ears and skin might have a foul odor and appear inflamed and irritated.

3. Skin and Coat Problems

Pets with allergies tend to develop rashes, hot spots, and scabs on their skin. They might also start to lose hair and develop bald spots.

4. Gastrointestinal Upset

Allergies can also lead to vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms of gastrointestinal upset in pets.

5. Respiratory Concerns

Pets sometimes experience respiratory symptoms from allergies which might include discharge from the nose and eyes, red eyes, coughing, and wheezing. If your pet experiences any wheezing, seek emergency care right away, as this problem can be life-threatening.

Diagnosing and Treating Pet Allergies

The first step in diagnosing and treating a pet’s allergies is to rule out other potential causes of the pet’s symptoms. Once an allergy has been confirmed, it’s essential to determine the type of allergy (environmental, seasonal, flea, or food). Our veterinarian will then recommend a treatment plan accordingly. This might include:
We base allergy treatment plans on each pet’s individual needs.

Pet Allergy Appointments With Advanced Mobile Vet Care in Orange County

Serving Orange County, Advanced Mobile Vet Care brings your pet’s allergy care to your doorstep with our fully equipped mobile clinic and highly experienced veterinarians. Whether you suspect your pet has allergies, need to adjust their allergy medications, or want to talk with our veterinarian about a different allergy treatment strategy for your pet, we welcome you to contact our mobile veterinary clinic today.