Allergies can make life pretty miserable for you and your kit or pup. If your pet is showing signs of allergies, bring him to Nall Hills Animal Hospital in Overland Park for a checkup. We can help diagnose your pet’s condition and recommend treatments to alleviate his symptoms. These FAQs compiled by your Overland Park vet explain more about pet allergy causes, symptoms, and treatments.
How Do Dogs or Cats Get Allergies?
Like people, certain substances can trigger allergic reactions in pets. Your pet could be allergic to substances in his environment, flea bites, or certain foods. Once your pet is exposed to these allergens, he could start experiencing symptoms such as excessive scratching, skin rash, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, or other allergic reactions.
What Signs Indicate My Pet May Have Allergies?
Allergic reactions may differ from one pet to the next. In general, however, the following signs could indicate your pet has some type of allergy:
- Non-stop itching and scratching
- Constantly licking, biting, or chewing different parts of his body
- Redness on his skin
- Recurring skin or ear infections
- Foul smelling fur or skin
- Skin rashes
- Respiratory problems
- Vomiting or diarrhea
The sooner you have your pet tested by your Overland Park vet, the sooner we can identify the allergen and recommend treatment to relieve your pet of these aggravating symptoms.
What Types of Allergies Can Pets Get?
The most common types of pet allergies are seasonal (environmental) allergies, flea saliva allergies, and food allergies. If your pet has environmental allergies, he could be allergic to tree pollen, dust mites, chemicals in his grooming products, or other household substances. Some pets are allergic to certain proteins in foods. Your kit or pup could also be allergic to flea saliva, causing all kinds of irritations on his skin.
How Are Allergies in Pets Diagnosed?
We’ll conduct a physical exam of your pet and review his symptoms to determine what’s causing his condition. We may conduct blood or skin tests to pinpoint the allergen. For food allergies, we may put your pet on a special diet, reintroducing foods one at a time over a period of weeks to see which food causes a reaction. Once a certain type of food has been identified as an allergen, you can eliminate it from his diet to alleviate symptoms.
How Are Pet Allergies Treated?
When possible, we recommend eliminating the allergen from your pet’s environment or diet to alleviate symptoms. We may also recommend oral or topical medications to help manage your pet’s allergy symptoms.
See Your Overland Park Vet for Allergy Treatment
For a consultation to determine if your pet has allergies, contact Nall Hills Animal Hospital in Overland Park at (913) 341-8836 today.