Many animals are prone to allergies, including dogs and cats. Pet allergies can make life miserable for both you and your pet. If you suspect your feline or canine has allergies, bring him to Central Texas Animal Hospital, serving Pflugerville and the North Austin Area, for a checkup. Here are some of the most common signs of pet allergies.
Pet allergy symptoms often show up on your pet’s skin in the form of skin irritation, rash, or dry and flaky skin. These dermatology issues can cause your pet to scratch incessantly. Incessant itching and scratching are common signs of environmental or flea allergies. Excessive scratching can lead to skin infections, open sores, or fur loss.
Pets can be allergic to elements in their environment like pollen, dust, outdoor plants, or chemicals in grooming or household products. If your pet is allergic to substances in the air, like pollen, his symptoms may only occur during allergy season.
If your dog is allergic to outdoor plants or grasses, these allergens can stick to his paws during his daily walks. Later on, you may notice him licking or biting his paws a lot due to irritation or rash. By conducting a skin test (what test are you referencing?), we can determine what your pet is allergic to so you can avoid these elements when he goes outside.
Seasonal allergies can affect your pet’s eyes, causing them to turn red and water. This may occur more during the spring or fall when pollen counts are high. Your pet may aggravate the problem by rubbing his eyes.
Allergies can cause recurrent ear infections in your pet. When dogs or cats shake their head or scratch their ears a lot, it could be a sign of an ear infection. You may also notice a foul odor or brownish debris coming out of your pet’s ear.
See a Dermatology Vet for Pet Allergy Relief
The good news is that pet allergies can be treated with medications or eliminated altogether by identifying and removing the allergen from your pet’s environment. For pet allergy relief, contact Central Texas Animal Hospital, serving Pflugerville and the North Austin Area, at 512-251-BARK today.