Many people visit our stores asking for help with their pets who are itching, biting, scratching, or licking. In many cases, an allergy is the culprit.
Just like humans, pets can be allergic to foods (or ingredients), dust, plants and more. Dogs and cats have different reactions that can range from minor sniffling, sneezing, itching or biting, to life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Grass pollen, for example, can make dogs sneeze, give them watery eyes, and have them biting or licking itchy paws and skin.
Depending on the type of allergy, your pet may exhibit different symptoms. Although pets occasionally will have watery eyes and some sneezing, the most common reaction is scratching. Constant scratching may lead to loss of fur, open sores, and raised and infected welts. Many dogs also suffer from ear infections as a result of allergies.
Pets affected by allergies may suffer their entire lives and symptoms generally worsen as they age. There are some things that you can do to manage your pet’s pain by understanding the signs of allergies and finding products that can help to alleviate their suffering.
Here are some types of allergies that can affect your pet:
- Allergens: Allergens that are inhaled or come into contact with the skin such as pollen, mould and dust mites.
- Flea Allergy Dermatitis: An allergy incurred as a result of flea bites.
- Food Allergies: Allergies that occur from products your pet ingests.
- Contact Dermatitis: These allergies are caused by something your pet comes in direct contact with, such as carpet fibers, plastics, etc.
- Seasonal Allergies: Some pets experience allergies to ragweed, tree pollen, dust mites and other allergens during the fall, spring or winter season.
7 Signs of Allergies
Common signs that your pet may be suffer from allergies can include:
- Chewing at the feet
- Excessive and constant licking of the sides or groin
- Rubbing their face
- Inflamed ears or recurring ear infections
- “Hot spots” in dogs and pinpoint facial scabbing in cats
- Hair loss
- Asthma-like wheezing (more common in cats)