What are common allergic symptoms in pets?
Dermatitis (skin irritation) is the most common symptom for dogs with inhalant allergies. This includes intense itching and scratching (pruritis), feet licking and chewing, face rubbing and hair loss, which often leads to secondary infection. With cats allergies will excessively groom themselves, causing hair loss. Some cats may display even more intense irritations such as feline acne, respiratory conditions (asthma, sneezing, nasal discharge, and watery eyes), gastritis, vomiting and diarrhea.
How can I test my pet for allergies?
It is very simple! The doctors at Village Veterinary Hospital will discuss your pet’s clinical history and environmental surroundings with you. After excluding other possible causes for your pet’s symptoms, the vet may prescribe some blood work.
Can my pet be allergic to foods?
YES! Dogs and cats can both suffer from food allergies. In fact, food allergy is the most likely cause of allergic symptoms in animals less than 1 year of age. Food allergies commonly cause ear inflammation, excessive feet licking, generalized itching and other skin problems.