Oh, pet allergies. No, we’re not talking about people suffering from being allergic to dogs or cats–though that’s obviously a common enough problem. Fortunately, there are numerous, well-known ways to handle that situation. Instead, we’re talking about pets that have allergies themselves. Should your dog or cat suffer from allergies, there are no real “cures” for their condition. However, like with us, there are a handful of ways those allergies can be reduced in severity or even temporarily alleviated. Pet allergies can range from skin conditions to contact reactions to food allergies. Some are seasonal, while others react to certain environmental conditions. Here are some signs that your pet may be suffering from allergic reactions and steps you can take to help.
- Some main signs that your pet is dealing with some form of allergy include:
- Hair loss and redness of skin in the resulting patchy areas.
- Constant scratching or rubbing of the face or other parts of the body.
- Unusual odors, sometimes cause by skin crusted below the fur.
- Red, itchy bumps or blisters along the belly, feet, or muzzle.
- Inflammation of the paws.
- Discoloration of fur.
- Waxy discharges from the nose and/or ears.
These are just a few symptoms, many potentially being signs of multiple allergies–which means a trip to the vet would be necessary to properly identify (or at least narrow the potential causes) the source of the reaction.
Sometimes treatment is as simple as identifying the allergen and taking steps to avoid it, such as making sure the air within the home is properly filtered and checking for mold or mites to eliminate. Don’t let your pet go into areas such as basements or garages, and during pollen season, keep them indoors longer during the mornings and earlier in evenings, which is when pollen is more present in the air.
For skin conditions, there are many lotions and shampoos available on the market to treat a wide variety of allergic conditions. Certain drugs, such as Benadryl, are commonly used to treat pet allergies, with stronger medication such as oral steroids and full antibiotic treatments are available. The best thing to do is consult your trusted vet and determine the most effective treatment to put in place.
Does your pet suffer from allergies? What steps do you take to protect them from the unfortunate symptoms?
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