Understanding and Treating Pet Allergies
Most people think that disease and serious illnesses do not affect their pets until they become seniors. However, cats and dogs are at just as much risk of suffering from allergies as we are. Understanding the risks to your pet's health allows you to provide him or her with the quality health care they deserve. Here at Summit Veterinary Hospital in Los Gatos, our team can diagnose your pet's allergies and treat the conditions accordingly.
Both animals and humans suffer from the same common kinds of allergies. Pollen and grasses flare up and die down at different times of the year, triggering allergic reactions. Irritating particles inhaled or eaten by the animal causes a reaction. It affects the sense of smell in cats and dogs. If your pet seems to have cold-like symptoms during the summer or fall months, they may have an allergy associated with a particular tree or flower in that season.
Food can be another cause of allergies. Not all cat and dog foods are necessarily right for your pet. Some foods contain ingredients safe to most animals but can be harmful to those that are allergic. Food allergic reactions will frequently make themselves evident through the skin and fur, causing itchy skin patches to develop. Pets can be bad at controlling their scratching and can irritate the skin patch with excessive scratching. The itchy spot has soon turned into a wound with a loss of fur and possible infection. It is essential to understand your pet's skin allergies.
Symptoms of An Allergy Problem
Dog and cat allergies can be very much a case by case situation. If a pet is suffering from an allergic reaction, his or her symptoms will likely be different from another pet suffering the same allergy. However, some common symptoms can be shared and spotted if you know what to watch for. These symptoms include:
- Dry, flaking skin and rough spots
- Lots of licking, biting, and chewing the lower body
- Excessive mucus from the nose or eyes
- Ear irritations and scratching
- Lots of sneezing
- Excessively loud snoring
- Irritated paws
Contact Us for Pet Care from Our Vets in Los Gatos, CA
There are many home remedies and over-the-counter solutions for pet allergies, but nothing is more beneficial to your pet than bringing him or her in for an exam. We can effectively understand your pet's allergies and help treat them properly. Our team at Summit Veterinary Hospital in Los Gatos provides top-quality care programs for pets and provides specializations in animal allergies. Instead of wondering what is causing a problem, our veterinarians work with accurate information to effectively improve your pet's health. Contact us at (408) 353-1113 to see how we can help your animal feel better.