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Can a pet develop an allergy?   

Are you aware of the fact that your pet can have an allergy just like their human counterparts?  Not many people do, so you are not alone if you didn’t know this.  Most pet owners do not realize environmental or diet issues can make their furry family member feel miserable or don’t make the connection between allergens and the allergy symptoms.  Are you wondering what an allergy is?  The body’s protections system, or it’s immune system, is normally your pet’s best friend.  In the average immune system, germs are being fought off and it’s your pet’s defense system.  When it comes to an allergy, false alarms are being sent out to environmental triggers; genetics also play a role.  Some pets, like with people, are more sensitive to certain things like mold spores, grass, dust mites and pollen.   

Common allergy symptoms in humans generally show up in the respiratory tract or digestive system if if it’s a food allergy but more often than not, common symptoms in dogs include inflammation or irritation of skin, or allergic dermatitis.  If the dog seems to have an itch that can’t be scratched or constanly licking and chewing on its feet, it’s time to head to the vet for allergy testing.  Other signs include bright red patches that can lose hair and bleed, something called hot spots.  Hot spots are infected, inflamed areas of your dog’s skin caused by the natural bacteria overwhelming the skin. Other symptoms to be aware of include:  

  • Coughing, sneezing and wheezing  
  • Watery, itchy eyes  
  • Diarrhea and vomiting  
  • Redness in oral tissue, eyes, paws and chin.   

Types of Canine Allergies  

The 2 most common types of pet allergies are environmental issues and food and environmental. Seasonal allergies are common and usually noticed in the fall and spring. tchy during the spring or fall.  If sensitivity issues are year-round, triggers can include diet or constant factors including:   

  •  Food ingredients  
  • Cigarette smoke  
  • Scented lotions or perfume  
  • Cleaning products  
  • Flea-control medications or other medications and fleas   

Allergy treatment and vet care  

Unfortunately, pet allergies can’t be cured but can be treated to make your pets feel more comfortable.  Allergy control has several options to minimize and treat pets including triggers that are environmental, changing the diet or your vet prescribing medications such as antihistamines, special food, fatty acid supplements, steroids or medicated conditioners and shampoos.  this works for the mild allergies but for the severe or year-round allergies, treatments are immunotherapy based and include allergy injections. 

For a veterinarian experience that is a step above the rest, call Valley Animal Hospital in Clifton NJ for all your pet healthcare and veterinary needs.  

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