Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies. While humans may outgrow allergies, pets' allergies tend to worsen as they age. There are several types of allergies that can affect dogs and cats. However, these allergies are often manageable. At West Plains Animal Hospital in Spokane, WA, our veterinarian can treat allergies. If you are a pet owner and notice any unusual signs and symptoms in your pet, our veterinarian can help. It’s important not to wait to get treatment if your pet is suffering from allergies, as they can cause pain and discomfort.
Types of Allergies
Different pets are prone to different types of allergies. Pets can develop food allergies, commonly referred to as adverse food reactions. They are primarily due to a particular protein. In this case, eliminating the food from your pet’s diet will alleviate allergy symptoms. Pets can also develop seasonal allergies due to plants, dust, pollens, or animal fibers. Flea allergies are also possible in pets. These occur when a flea bites your pet, and the saliva causes an allergic reaction.
Signs and Symptoms of Pet Allergies
It's important to note that these allergy symptoms may range from mild to severe. Common signs include:
- Itchy skin
- Rash on the neck, face, or chest area
- Red skin
- Teary eyes
- Loss of fur
- Sores on the skin
- Scratching and face rubbing
Flea allergies typically cause symptoms on the skin. Environmental allergies may cause skin irritation or respiratory problems.
Diagnosing Pet Allergies
Our veterinary team will determine whether the symptoms your pet is displaying are due to an allergy or an underlying condition. We will inquire about your pet's medical history and conduct some physical examinations to confirm the diagnosis. We will also talk to you about your pet’s environment and lifestyle.
Pets' allergies can't be cured, but they can be managed appropriately. Depending on the type of allergy and the cause, our veterinarian could administer medication, natural remedies, or lifestyle changes. This might include avoiding certain outdoor environments that are causing your pet’s allergies. Your pet will need a follow up appointment to ensure that the allergy symptoms are clearing up.
Visit Our Veterinarian in Spokane, WA for a Pet Exam
If you suspect that your pet is suffering from allergies, our veterinarian can help. At West Plains Animal Hospital in Spokane, WA, we will perform a pet exam to make a proper diagnosis and administer the right allergy treatment for your pet. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.