It’s true that according to the AAFA, nearly 50 million people in the US suffer from allergies, but it’s not just people that experience this. Our pets are also affected by allergies more than people realize. Allergies are common, and sometimes harmless, but should still be checked on no matter the severity of the symptom. As your pet’s body attempts to get rid of allergenic substances, a variety of skin, digestive, and respiratory symptoms may appear. Look out for these signs:
- Itchy, Red, Moist, or Scabbed Skin – This sign is most easily recognized. When your dog seems to be itching more often than usual, or shows signs of dry or damaged skin, it may be the first clear sign of an allergic reaction. It can also be a sign of a flea or tick infestation the requires immediate attention.
- Itchy or Runny Eyes – If your pet has redness, or abnormal leakage appearing near their eyes at any given time, this can be a sign of irritation from seasonal allergies.
- Itchy, Red, Ears – An ear infection or inflamed ears is another sign that something in the air is irritating your four-legged friend. If your pet seems to be itching their ears more than usual, you should also have them checked.
- Sneezing and/or Wheezing – A human-like symptom of pet allergies is regular sneezing and wheezing, where something in the atmosphere may affect its respiratory system.
- Paw Chewing and Constant Licking – All animals clean themselves regularly but pay attention to any obsessive licking of a particular spot, especially paws. When areas of the body, like paws, become raw and dry, pets will lick them vigorously to clean and moisturize. Try and have your pet check before any area of the skin becomes dry or scabbed from continuous licking or biting.
If you have questions about your pets allergies, call us today at (407) 886-0706
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