Signs Your Pet Has Allergies

Signs Your Pet Has Allergies

Just like humans, pets can have allergies. Some pets may have insect allergies, food allergies, or environmental allergies such as pollen or mold. While most allergies can be effectively managed by limiting exposure, some allergic reactions require immediate care. If you suspect that your pet has allergies, you should have them examined by a veterinarian as quickly as possible for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Here are some signs that your pet has allergies.

Itchiness

If your pet is constantly scratching but doesn’t have fleas or another cause, it could be a sign of allergies. Your pet may be itchy all over, just on or in the ears, or in their eyes. Frequent scratching, especially scratching that could lead to injury or infection, should be addressed quickly.

Severe Allergic Reactions

Some pets may have a severe allergic reaction to food or environmental factors. You will know if your pet is having a severe allergic reaction because they will get hives or they may have swelling of the face, particularly around the snout and eyes. Your pet may also appear to be uncomfortable and breathe shallowly. These severe allergic reactions require immediate care.

Digestive Symptoms

Especially if a food allergy is involved, your pet may have some digestive symptoms as well. They may begin vomiting frequently, especially right after eating. They may also have changes to their bowels, particularly diarrhea.

Other Symptoms

Some other common symptoms of pet allergies is sneezing, red inflamed skin, and irritated or watering eyes. Your pet may also have some behavior changes. For example, many dogs with allergies may constantly lick themselves.

If you are noticing any signs of allergies in your pet, it is important to get them examined and diagnosed by a veterinarian. Many allergies are seasonal in nature, and there are medications that can help your pet enjoy the outdoors in comfort. Contact us today for an appointment.

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