It may surprise you that just as humans have allergies, so too can your pets. Allergies can be to a particular item, foods, or seasonal allergies. The most common pets to have allergies are dogs. It can be difficult to tell if your dog has allergies, as the cause of the symptoms may not be apparent. You may also not realize that all of the symptoms are related to the same condition.
Symptoms of allergies in your pet are similar to allergy symptoms for humans. You will likely notice that your pet’s skin is red and irritated. It may be tender to the touch as well. Pets will often be itchy when they are suffering from allergies, and they may have excessive shedding. Sometimes skin irritations can become infected due to scratching and bacteria entering the skin.
Other Signs Your Pet Has Allergies
There are some things that your pet might do if they are suffering from allergies. Paw licking is a sign of discomfort. Some pets may drag their butt across the floor or lick the anal region. They will likely be biting and scratching themselves as if they have fleas, but without any sign of pests. They may also have chronic ear infections or respiratory problems.
What to Do
If you suspect that your pet may have allergies, you should get them into a vet right away. There are medications that can make your pet more comfortable during allergy season. There is no reason for your pet to suffer through allergies. If you aren’t sure about your pet’s symptoms, you should always take them to a vet as soon as you notice signs of discomfort or irritation.
If your pet has not been themselves lately and you suspect something may be wrong with their health, contact us today for an appointment. We will be happy to examine your pet and take a health history to determine if they are suffering from allergies.