Warning Signs Your Pet May Have Allergies
If you or someone you know suffers from allergies, you know how annoying they can be. They can be relatively mild or severe. Either way, there’s no real way to cure them. You can alleviate symptoms, but you’ll always react when around those particular allergens. However, allergies aren’t limited to humans. Animals can have allergies, as well.
Unfortunately, your pets can’t tell you when they don’t feel well or if something is bothering them. Here are some things your pet could be allergic to and the symptoms they might be showing.
Pollen is a common allergy for humans and animals. Symptoms of a pollen allergy for people include sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. Animals display different symptoms. Itchy paws are a common sign of a pollen allergy. When your pet walks over grass, they could get grass pollen or pollen from other plants on their paws, making them irritated and itchy. Licking paws and groin area is a common sign, especially for dogs. Cats may wheeze or have other respiratory issues. If these things are happening seasonally, there is a good chance it’s an allergy.
Animals can also have food allergies or sensitivities. The most common ones for dogs are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish. Cats may also be allergic to plant products. It may take some trial and error to figure out what foods, if any, your pet is allergic to. Many are allergic to more than one thing. Gastrointestinal issues, excessive gas, diarrhea, vomiting, ear infections and licking are the most common symptoms of a food allergy. There are pet foods formulated without the most common allergens that you can give a pet with allergies.
Many household cleaning products can irritate your pet’s skin. Think of all the products and sprays you use gloves to handle. Your pet doesn’t have that kind of protection. If you use a carpet cleaner or particular soap on the floors, your pet has no real choice but to touch it. Their fur doesn’t stop allergens from getting in contact with their skin. Keep an eye out for rashes or red bumps on areas without a lot of fur, intense scratching, and even hair loss.
Dust particles or mold spores that get in the air can irritate pets just like humans. They may have itchy or watery eyes, sneezing or wheezing, red skin, excessive scratching, constant licking and inflamed paws. Keep your house clean and remove mold as soon as possible for your own health and the health of your pets.
Smoke from cigarettes or cigars can really bother your pet, even if they aren’t allergic. Those that suffer from an allergy to the smoke have inflamed throats, wheezing, sneezing and itchy skin. Plus, the smoke isn’t good for their respiratory systems. Try not to smoke inside or around your pet.
If you suspect you pet has one or more of these allergies, see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and to discuss medicines or remedies that can ease your furry friend’s suffering.