Allergies in Pets

A healthy pet is a happy pet. 

 

Allergies and pets can range from a minor inconvenience to a widespread issue that affects your pet, inside and out. In our blog today, we will share tips and what to look for when your pet may be showing signs of an allergic reaction.

The immune system for our pets, just like ours, protects them from infection and disease. If pets are exposed to allergen, or proteins from plants, foods, or other animals, they can develop allergies. The allergies could potentially develop in pets’ immune systems being hypersensitive to these allergens if they are exposed to them for a prolonged period of time.

Different types of allergies can develop in both dogs and cats.

Skin Allergies, also known as allergic dermatitis, is common among canines, despite the breed. They can be triggered by fleas, the environment, or food. Some dogs can develop allergic reactions to flea bites. 

Flea saliva is a common insect allergy among dogs, known as flea allergy dermatitis, or FAD. FAD can cause redness, inflammation, and scabbing on their skin, and is often found at the base of a dog’s tail. Even one flea can cause issues for a dog, so it is important to both monitor and treat your pet, and to check with your vet if there could possibly be a secondary bacterial infection, which sometimes builds up in broken skin. Flea preventatives and home treatments can be helpful for treatment, and ultimately create a flea-free environment for your dog. 

Symptoms of allergies, just like their sources, can vary. Similar to humans, pets can enter anaphylactic shock in the most severe cases, as opposed to simple rednessm, sneezing, or inflammation in others. Some reasons your pet entering shock could be from a bee sting or a reaction from a vaccine distributed to them. An appointment with the vet can further analyze the severity of the allergic reaction.

 

Treatment

If the allergic reaction has not been contracted from a flea bite and treated with a preventative, there are many other methods of treatment. Allergy relief medication specific to your pet can be prescribed by a vet. One treatment includes anti-inflammatory drugs that block certain allergic reactions. Hypoallergenic shampoo helps with itching and inflamed skin. Another method to assist with allergic reaction would be a specific injection serum dose can be given to your pet. 

 

Consult with a veterinarian at Cottage Pet Hospital in Anaheim to find what is the best treatment for your pet’s allergic reaction.