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Posted on 06-02-2017

Signs of Allergies in My Pet

Just like people, pets can have problems with allergies. Unfortunately, just like people, your pet can be allergic to almost anything. If you believe pet allergies are a concern for your furry friend, our knowledgeable vets in Solomons, MD, are available for consultation.

Pet Allergies

What Are Common Signs of Pet Allergies?

Most true allergies in dogs and cats present as skin problems. Some of these skin problems are:

  • Rashes
  • Itchiness
  • Bacterial or fungal skin infections
  • Hair loss

Some of these symptoms may be secondary to another one. For example, excessive licking because of itching can cause rashes, infections and hair loss. However, these symptoms may occur in allergic pets even if they have not been licking excessively.

Gastrointestinal distress is usually seen in pets that have food intolerances. These are not true allergies, but they are just as unpleasant. Pets can have true food allergies, as well, but these usually cause skin issues. Symptoms of food intolerance include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive gas
  • Burping
  • Signs of pain

How Your Veterinarian Can Help Your Allergic Pet

Treatment for allergies in pets depends on the suspected or known cause of the allergy. If your pet has problems with their gut, you might be asked to feed a special, hypoallergenic diet for a period of time. If your pet gets better, you might continue using this food, or have your vet help you determine what foods your pet is allergic to.

Environmental allergies such as fleas and pollen are best treated by removing the source. For fleas, this means providing effective flea control measures for your pet and eradicating fleas from your home. Pollen may not be able to be avoided, but regular bathing can help reduce the effect. In some cases, prescription medication from your vet may be necessary.

Call Solomons Veterinary Medical Center Today

Solomons Veterinary Medical Center, located in Solomons, MD, can help you with almost any problem your pet is having, including allergies and food intolerances. Come see a knowledgeable veterinarian who can advise you about ways to provide relief for your itchy pet. Call us today to book an appointment at (410) 326-4300. Ask about our client specials!

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