Stop the sneezing and scratching now

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.

Stop the sneezing and scratching now

September 18, 2018

Blood test

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.

Symptoms

Allergy symptoms include:

  • Itchy and runny eyes
  • Itchy ears
  • Ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy back or base of tail
  • Paw chewing or swollen paws
  • Constant licking

Preventative action

Possible preventative action includes:

  • Treat the pet against parasites with collars, oral medication, drops or prescribed medicine from the vet.
  • Clean the house to get rid of dust mites and mould.
  • Wash bedding often.
  • Remove flowers with pollen from the garden area or where your pet frequents.
  • Don’t over-bathe dogs.

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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