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My Sneezing Pet Has Allergies

Terry M. Cervantes 

Many of us are familiar with the itchy feeling during allergy season – and unfortunately, our pets go through it too! Dogs and cats can suffer from seasonal and chronic allergies. Here’s how you can help!

Symptoms of allergies in pets

First of all: you need to find out if your pet’s itching is actually an allergic reaction. A lot of things can make you itch, from insect bites to a walk in a piece of virus ivy. Dry skin can also be the cause of annoying itchy skin! Once you have examined your itchy pet and ruled out the obvious causes, look for other symptoms that could indicate an Allergy.

Watch for new or persistent symptoms, including:

  • Increased (or incessant) scratching
  • Excessive brushing, Licking or chewing
  • Rub your face or body on surfaces (This includes “Scooting” in dogs)
  • Eyes or runny nose
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • A puffy and puffy appearance
  • Recurrent Ear Infections

Severe or persistent allergies can also lead to other complications, such as:

  • Red, bumpy, or crusty rashes
  • Unusual or localized hair loss
  • Scratches and open wounds
  • Yeast or bacterial skin infections
  • Asthma (can occur in cats due to airborne inhaled allergens)

If you notice several persistent symptoms in your dog or cat, there is a good chance that you have an allergic reaction.

Types of allergies in pets

Pets can experience different types of allergic reactions, and knowing what they are suffering from can help you and your veterinarian provide them with the best care.

Some pets only suffer from seasonal allergies caused by Pollen, fungi and other environmental factors. (At least if you and your pet both sneeze in the spring, you have Someone you feel sorry for.) Others suffer from chronic allergies, the causes of which last for more than one season. Chronic allergies can include allergies to food, fleas, or something irritating in your home environment.

Even these itchy rashes have different causes and treatments. Many pets suffer from dermatitis – a skin condition characterized by severe itchy skin caused by an allergic reaction. Contact dermatitis can occur when your pet comes into body contact with an allergen and most often occurs in areas with less dense fur, such as the face, armpits, abdomen and groin.

Atopic dermatitis, on the other hand, occurs when an animal inhales or ingests an allergen. The itchy spots in these matters can be localized or distributed all over the body. Dogs tend to develop hot spots (aka acute wet dermatitis) when open wounds become infected from scratching, resulting in painful, open wounds.

Common allergens for pets

Are you wondering what your pet is itching so hard for? Allergens in pets are just as diverse as in humans, but there are three common categories of allergies behind these scratches and sneezes.

Environmental allergies are caused by external irritants such as pollen, fungi, mold, dust, smoke and even cleaning products or perfumes.
Food allergies come from something in your pet’s diet – often Soy, Gluten, or some type of protein. These reactions can come from a new addition to your pet’s menu or, more often, from an Allergy that has developed over time due to constant Exposure to one type of food.
Flea allergies are a very common cause of dermatitis. Fleas irritate the surface of the skin itself, but the saliva from their bites can also cause systemic reactions in allergic animals.

How to treat allergies in pets

If you doubtful that your pet is suffering from allergies, you should first consult your veterinarian. Your pet’s treatment plan depends on both the severity and the cause of his allergies, which in many matters can only be conclusively determined by your veterinarian.

If you don’t experience more than a few sneezes during the pollen season and your quality of life is not affected, you and your furry +1 will probably continue as usual. However, when it comes to chronic allergies and more serious seasonal allergies, you need to be more active in helping your pet.

The best solution is always to eliminate the allergen if possible. For environmental allergens, eliminate the source (for example, eliminate strong perfumes or cigarette smoke from your home) or reduce exposure to it as much as possible (for example, limit the time spent outdoors during allergen peaks and keep the indoor air as clear as possible by vacuuming frequently and filtering Flea allergies can be treated with flea treatment to eradicate the infestation, then with vigilant flea prevention methods to prevent future problems.

It can be difficult to determine the cause of food allergies, but your veterinarian will probably recommend that you give your pet a diet with limited ingredients (check out our easy formulas for dogs and cats!) and slowly reintroduce the ingredients to identify problem foods. Regular supplements can also help treat a variety of allergies in pets, and your veterinarian can help you find the most effective and medically approved supplements that improve your pet’s health.

While it’s important to get to the root of the problem, relieving your pet’s allergy symptoms will help you spend less time gnawing on your itch and more time doing what you love — that is, interrupting your work requires play time. Antihistamines can curb systemic allergic reactions. Topical pain relief sprays can treat hot spots and other skin conditions. Home remedies like Oatmeal Baths can also be useful for relieving itchy skin, while salty treats and sealants can help to draw your attention to something other than the itching!

Although it may be tempting to relieve your pet’s allergies on your own, it is always better to consult a veterinarian, even in mild matters. Many medical conditions can cause pets to itch, and it is possible that what you think is an allergy could be a sign of a more serious illness. For example, itchy skin can be a side effect of both liver issue and kidney issue — which you probably wouldn’t diagnose without Tests done by a veterinarian.

The good news is that allergies are manageable (as everyone who buys spring antihistamines in advance knows). Your pet has you on his team to help you get rid of allergy symptoms and become your happy, healthy and hip-attached best friend again.

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