Just like people, dogs and cats can show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognize certain everyday substances-or allergens- as dangerous. Even though these allergens are common in most environments and harmless to most animals, a dog or cat with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested or contact a pet’s skin. As their body tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear.
The General Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs/Cats Are:
- Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
- Increased scratching
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
- Itchy ears and ear infections
- Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
- Paw chewing/swollen paws
- Constant licking
Allergic dogs or cats may also suffer from secondary bacterial or yeast skin infections, which may cause hair loss, scabs or crusts on the skin.
At Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of treatment for pets with allergies and for the month of September we will discount the office visit 50% for any itchy pet that comes our way.
Call us to make an appointment today!