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Is Your pet Allergic?

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

Just like people, pets can have allergies too, and allergies can develop at any point in your pet’s life. Pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, environmental allergies, food allergies, and even flea allergies. If you notice your pet chewing the tops of his paws, scratching frequently, has hair loss, ear infections, or sores, then that could be a signal that he has allergies.

Sometimes it is easy to pinpoint what is causing the reaction. For example, if your pet seems symptomatic after spending time outside every spring, it may be a seasonal allergy. Other times, allergies can be harder to diagnose, and your veterinarian might recommend allergy testing.

Pet parents often wonder if their dog or cat is allergic to certain foods. While it is possible, pets are more often allergic to allergens like pollen, grass, and fleas than they are to food.

Treatment for allergies will depend on your dog’s symptoms. Supplements and special shampoos may help itchy skin, and allergy shots may help pets with airborne allergies. Antihistamines like Benadryl can be helpful for some dogs, but they need to be used under the direction of your veterinarian for your pet’s safety. It’s best to consult your vet before you attempt any home remedies, medications, or elimination diets.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.