With Spring fast approaching in Daly City, it’s time to discuss one of the downsides of this wonderful time of year: pet allergies. Yes, like humans, pets suffer from pet allergies also.
Have you ever seen your pet lying on the carpet, on his or her back, swirling around as if to scratch and itch? Next time, ask yourself, “Could this be allergies?”
Most pets with allergies will experience:
Abnormal scratching – periodic scratching is normal, but pet allergies will generate excessive scratching, especially after being outside.
Excessive licking – licking is similar to scratching, and yet, if due to allergies, this practice also gets worse after being outside
Red or scabbed skin – allergies can create all types of skin issues in pets, including red or scabbed skin, hives and even hot spots (places where the skin is so irritated that it becomes hot to the touch). When checking for skin issues, make sure to look to examine all the specific parts of your pet’s paws for any swelling or redness. This is the first, and most likely place a pet will come into contact with allergens.
Itchy or runny eyes – this can be an obvious sign as you look at your pet and notice something different. When allergens come into contact with your pet’s eyes, they react by watering or becoming itchy.
Ears – because of the warmth found in this area, ears can be a fertile place for allergic reactions. Also look for signs of your dog shaking his, or her, head to try and bring relief to this type of allergic reaction.
Ear infections – as allergens begin to affect the ears, infection can settle in. Many times, this type of infection comes with an odor.
Rubbing face on surfaces – from furniture legs to corners of rooms and carpet, everything is inviting to an itchy pet who’s suffering from allergies.
Large amounts of sneezing – just like humans, pets with allergies can also have severe bouts of uncontrollable sneezing.
Loss of hair – as skin reddens, swells, becomes hot, and/or itches, sometimes, the result of all this irritation, is hair loss.
Respiratory issues – both dogs and cats can experience this symptom, however, cats are more likely to struggle with asthma while either type of animal can find difficulty breathing if the allergies are severe enough.
Some dog breeds are more susceptible to allergies. These include:
- Boston Terriers
Finding the source of each particular pet’s allergies can be difficult, which is why it is important to see a veterinarian who can make an accurate diagnosis.
Controlling allergic reactions can be simple or serious. Remedies include antihistamines, but these should be used with caution, as they can weaken as a pet’s allergies worsen. In this case, immunotherapy shots and drops can be used, along with controlling your pet’s exposure to environments that create a reaction.
For more information or to have your pet checked for allergies, in the Daly City area, call Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital today at (415) 413-7363.