Skin allergies can come from any number of sources, including allergens in the home, certain foods, or environmental allergens that change with the seasons. Recognizing the signs of allergies in pets can be difficult, so the experts at New Hope Animal Hospital have put together the top three signs that your pet has skin allergies.
One of the most common signs of allergies in your pet is an area of redness or irritation. In some skin allergies tiny bumps or a rash might appear. This can appear anywhere on the body but is very common around the nose, mouth, ears, bottom portion of the legs, or on the stomach. In some cases, irritation can lead to bleeding or scabbing. If allergies have progressed to this point, it is a good idea to have your pet seen by a veterinarian. Open skin wounds are an easy site for dangerous bacteria to enter the body.
This can be a result of having the fur simply rubbed off, or it can be a result of a scab that has formed. Missing fur patches can be hard to detect behind the ears in pets. If you have a floppy eared dog, be sure to look behind his ears to check for areas of irritation, missing fur, or scabbing.
Skin allergies in pets usually cause extreme itchiness. Pets will repeatedly stop to scratch at the same area of the body. As the skin becomes damaged and dry from scratching, the problem only worsens. If your pet's repeated scratching starts to hinder his or her day to day activities and your pet can no longer enjoy the things he or she loves it is time to bring your pet into the veterinarian's office.
Contact Us for More Information about Pet Skin Allergies
We understand working with your pet's allergies can be difficult, and the team at New Hope Animal Hospital wants to help. Our expert team is well-trained in veterinary dermatology. Our office is easy to get to, located at 5016 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC 27707. To learn more about how we can help your pet, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 919-490-2000.