Answering Your Pet Allergy FAQs

Similarly to humans, pets can experience allergic reactions to substances in their environment that cause several uncomfortable symptoms. Whether your pet has itchy ears or constantly sneezes and coughs, you likely have questions about what causes your pet’s allergies and how you can treat them. Our veterinary team at New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC, is here to answer these questions to help you keep your pet healthy and happy in the future.

Allergy FAQs

Why Do My Pets Have Allergies?

Allergy symptoms occur when your pet’s immune system fights substances it considers a threat. However, allergens are not the same as viruses or bacteria. Your pet’s immune system mistakenly believes specific foods or environmental substances are harmful, causing an allergic reaction.

What Kinds of Pet Allergies Are There?

The most common types of pet allergies include environmental, seasonal, flea, and food allergies. Environmental allergens include molds, mildew, and dust mites, while seasonal allergens typically involve tree or grass pollen. Flea bites can trigger allergic reactions in many pets, usually involving the skin and fur. Some pets experience allergic reactions to food ingredients like beef, chicken, soy, wheat, and dairy. Other allergens include household cleaners, perfumes, and some shampoos.

What Allergy Symptoms Should I Watch For?

Your pet can experience multiple allergy symptoms based on the allergen causing your pet’s reaction. While skin irritation is the most common symptom, your pet may also have digestive and respiratory issues due to allergies. These are allergy signs to look for in your pets:

•             Itching

•             Skin redness or rashes

•             Chewing or biting at skin or paws

•             Diarrhea

•             Vomiting

•             Sneezing

•             Coughing or wheezing

•             Runny eyes

How Do I Know What Is Causing My Pet’s Symptoms?

Allergy testing from your veterinarian near you can determine which allergens cause your pet’s reaction. Skin tests inject tiny amounts of allergens into your pet’s skin to check for symptoms, while blood tests help pinpoint specific allergens. An elimination diet can help determine which food ingredients cause your pet’s allergic reaction.

How Are Pet Allergies Treated?

Our veterinary staff can discuss treatment options after testing for allergens. The best approach for your pet will depend on the kind of allergy it has. Some treatment options may include:

•             Making changes to your pet’s food

•             Having pets receive allergy injections

•             Giving pets medications for symptom relief

•             Bathing your pet with a medicated flea shampoo

•             Dusting, vacuuming, and washing pet beds

Help Your Pet Find Relief by Visiting New Hope Animal Hospital Today

Allergy symptoms can significantly disrupt your pet’s health and happiness if left untreated, so contact New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC, to give your pet the relief necessary to help it feel its best again. Call us and schedule an appointment at (919) 490-2000 to treat your pet’s allergies and ensure it remains healthy and happy.

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