Skin conditions that are allergy-induced are some of the most common reasons for bringing a pet to Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic. Pet allergies are common in Kerrville, Texas. Most common allergies can be treated, but without sufficient care, they can fester or become a dangerous health condition. Because of this, it’s important for you to get your pet looked at if you suspect they have allergies.
Do you think your pet has allergic reactions? Some of the most recognizable symptoms include biting, scratching or itching as well as others. Below are some of the most common allergies and their symptoms for cats and dogs alike.
Types of Allergies in Dogs and Cats
A flea or parasitical allergy: A flea bite or other parasite on your dog or cat may cause an intense allergic reaction, following with itchy skin.
A food allergy: Different pet foods often contain many components, fillers, and preservatives that can cause allergic reactions. Your pet may also be allergic to a specific ingredient in their food which triggers reactions such as itchy skin, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal issues.
Having a skin allergy or atopic dermatitis: Pets can breathe or absorb through their skin collecting allergens or foreign substances which can cause itching and severe irritation. If this is left without treatment, these stresses may lead to skin infections or injuries from excessive scratching.
Common Causes of Pet Allergies:
Dog & Cat Allergy Symptoms:
Pet Allergy & Itch Treatment
Once the allergens have been distinguished, our veterinarians will develop a program to eradicate the source of the allergen in your pet’s environment.
Other options for irritation relief include:
Antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids
Topical steroid sprays
Oral or injectable immunotherapy
Evaluation by a board-certified veterinary dermatologist
If you think your pet is suffering from allergies or has a dermatological condition, do not hesitate to call on our vets at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic in Kerrville, Texas!