Does Your Pet Have Allergies?
Do you suspect that your pet has developed allergies? At our Council Bluffs and Glenwood veterinarian offices and hospital, we see owners with their beloved animal come into our clinic every day seeking veterinary help for unexplained dermatitis problems or gastrointestinal problems that are often signs of an allergy.
Although we are able to communicate with our pets in more ways than words, when it comes to pet allergies, it can be difficult to tell exactly what is bothering your pet. Ultimately, it’s up to the pet owner to recognize and help avoid common allergens. Don’t worry though with the assistance of a good veterinarian you will be able to figure this out.
Pet Allergies Can Be Much Like Human Allergies
If you have a cat or dog with allergies, the chances are that they react to some of the same allergens that humans react to. Just like us, springtime can trigger a lot of allergic reactions, but we need to rule out all common allergens which can be done successfully with a plan at our animal clinic. Many common allergies to consider include the following:
- Dust mites
- Prescription drugs
- Pet shampoos with insecticides
- Perfumes and fragrances
- And more often than many realize flea bites
Signs of Allergies in Your Pet
Half the battle to being able to give your pet the care that they need is knowing what the allergy is. Even then, sometimes the allergen can be hard to avoid. Things like dust are unavoidable. If you can recognize the signs of an allergy occurring, it will help determine more effective ways to deal with the problem.
The most common allergic reaction is skin that is itchy, dry, flaky, oily and red. Sometimes food allergies will be gastrointestinal, but food can also show signs with skin reactions.
Make note of when these reactions occur in order to eliminate the potential allergy. If your pet has a strong reaction to a fleabite, that is probably the source. If it happens during a certain time of year, you may be dealing with a seasonal allergy.
When It Is Time to See Our Veterinarian
If your animal suddenly develops redness or flakiness that causes hair loss and/or odor, our animal hospital will perform dermatological tests along with blood tests. At times, it can be a process of eliminating diet and follow up visit.
If you feel like your pet is suffering from an allergy and you aren’t able to ease their suffering, it may be time to visit The Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs or the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic. Give us a call at 712.355.7168 or visit our Contact Us page.