Pets can have allergies too
Posted February 15, 2018
With spring right around the corner, many of us
are bracing ourselves for pesky allergies. Just like people, pets
can suffer from allergies, too. While humans tear, cough, and
sneeze their way through allergy season, pets usually deal with
Dr. Adam Patterson, a clinical associate professor and chief of
dermatology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences, said every animal has a different
reaction to allergies, just as people respond to allergies
differently. However, most animals display itch as a hallmark sign
of allergic skin disease.
“An itch may be manifested as licking, chewing, biting, rubbing,
scratching, head shaking, and/or scooting,” Patterson said. “Common
itchy body areas include the face, ears, paws, armpits, groin,
rump, and anal region. Horses may present with an itchy skin
disease and/or hives.”
Allergens that most commonly irritate pets include fleas,
pollen, molds, mites, insects, danders, and food.
“Every pet has its own itch tolerance, which means the intensity
and reason(s) for your pet’s itch may not be the same as another
animal,” Patterson said. “Regardless of the animal, allergic
patients are prone to bacterial and yeast infections that can cause
skin discoloration, hair loss, pimples, scabs, and/or ear
If your pet shows any sign of an allergy, it is best to contact
your veterinarian so they can properly diagnose the cause of itch.
Your veterinarian can also perform tests to determine the most
effective treatment plan to alleviate your pet’s discomfort.
We all know how annoying allergies can be, so be sure to keep an
eye on your pet this allergy season. If your pet shows any sign of
an allergic skin disease, visit your veterinarian to help alleviate
your pet’s discomfort.
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