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Allergies in Pets

If you suffer from allergies, or know someone who does, you’re probably well aware of the fact that allergic reactions are not fun. But did you know that pets can have allergies too? A Savannah, GA vet discusses allergies in pets in this article from Westside Animal Hospital.

Common Allergens

Just as with humans, allergic reactions in pets happen when Fido and Fluffy are exposed to something they cannot tolerate. Pets can develop allergies at any age, and to a wide variety of substances. Dust, pollen, and mold are some of the most common allergens. Your furry pal can also be allergic to certain ingredients in their food, or to specific materials, such as rubber or plastic. Some of our four-legged friends react to insect bites, while others may be allergic to airborne fumes or vapors, such as perfume, cigarette smoke, or aerosol.

Symptoms

Itchiness is one of the major symptoms of allergic reactions in pets. Skin problems, such as hot spots and/or red, flaky, or crusty skin; are not uncommon, especially in dogs. Your pet may sneeze, snore, cough, or wheeze. Vomiting and diarrhea can also be indicative of allergies, as can red or runny eyes. It’s important to note that many of these symptoms can be caused by several different issues, so if you notice any of these red flags in your furry pal, contact your vet immediately.

Treatment

Allergies cannot be cured. However, they can be managed. The treatment needed will really depend on the type and severity of your furry buddy’s allergies. Your vet will need to run some tests to pinpoint what your pet is allergic to before offering treatment options.

Home Care

In addition to getting your pet proper veterinary care, you can do some things at home that will help keep your four-legged buddy comfortable. We strongly recommend vacuuming and dusting frequently, and changing your air filters regularly. (This will also help with fleas and keep your home fur-free.) If you have a cat, keep Fluffy indoors, especially if she reacts to pollen, leaves, or trees. As for Fido, you may want to get into the habit of wiping his paws and belly down when you bring him in. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you suspect that your pet may have allergies? We’re here to help! Contact us at Westside Animal Hospital, your Savannah, GA animal clinic, today!

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