Pets also suffer from allergies
Allergies are common this time of the year and occur in both cats and dogs. In most cases, there is not much that we can do about the allergens, but we can get rid of parasites, such as fleas, to an extent.
Affected pets constantly scratch, lick, itch and flap their ears, but the continuous scratching, biting and excessive grooming due to itching often damages the skin. This allows allergens to penetrate the skin more easily, causing secondary skin infections, like the dreaded hotspots.
Irritated skin is not the only discomfort your pet may experience: you may even notice an unpleasant smell or inflamed ears.
When you suspect that your pet has an allergy, ask your veterinarian to refer you to a specialist veterinarian that can do allergy blood test. This test can alert you to both environmental and food allergies your pet may have. Once you have the results, make a copy and keep it in your purse or wallet. If your pet has a variety of allergies, it is best to have the list on hand whenever you go shopping for pet food. Speak to the resident vet at Family Pet Centre for tips on what you can feed your pet.
Allergy symptoms include:
Possible preventative action includes:
Speak to your vet about the severity of the allergy and discuss if there is anything you can do about it.
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