Pet Allergies Treated By Our Honolulu Veterinarian
Just like humans, your pets are susceptible to allergies. When pet allergies occur, it means your pet’s immune system is extra sensitive to certain substances (allergens), so they will have an extreme reaction to substances that are generally harmless to most animals. Allergens can get into your pet’s body through ingestion, parasites, injection, inhalation or contact. The symptoms of allergies can be extremely uncomfortable an in some situations, life-threatening, so it is important to be aware of the common pet allergies and their symptoms. If you suspect your pet may have allergies, it is essential that you schedule an appointment with your veterinarian in Honolulu as soon as possible.
Most Common Types of Pet AllergiesThere are numerous types of allergies that may affect your, but the most common types of pet allergies include:
- Flea allergy, also known as flea allergy dermatitis (FAD)-flea dander is the most common cause of allergies in pets.
- Contact allergies-this type of allergy occurs when your pet comes in direct contact with certain substances in the environment, man-made or natural, such as weeds, carpet fibers, flowers or pollen and the substance causes them to have an allergic reaction.
- Airborne allergies (inhalant allergy) occur when a reaction is caused by elements that are present in the air. For example, pollens, dust mites, dander and mold are some of the most common types of airborne allergens.
- Food allergies-a food allergy is different than food intolerances. Food allergies in pets account for about 15-25 percent of all allergies in cats and dogs. The primary culprits include beef, chicken, soy and milk; however, some carbohydrate sources, such as wheat, corn and oats can also contribute to food allergies in cats and dogs.
Symptoms of Pet Allergies
The symptoms of allergies in your pet may vary depending on the type of allergies they have; however, the most common symptoms of allergies generally include:
- Food allergy symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, and inflammation of the skin, itching, hair loss and a change in the texture of your pet’s coat.
- Airborne allergy symptoms are commonly seen during changes in the seasons. Dogs typically itch their head, face and neck, whereas, cats generally itch their neck, head and thighs. Both cats and dogs may also experience inflammation of the respiratory tract, chewing at their feet, rubbing their face and recurrent hot spots in dogs.
- Contact allergy symptoms generally include inflammation of the skin, severe itching and irritation.
- Flea allergy symptoms often cause severe itching, especially on the back or base of the tail, which may ultimately leads to hair loss and sores, hive-like lesions from the flea bites and biting at their skin.
Schedule an Appointment with The Honolulu Pet Clinic for Pet Allergies
If you notice your pet displaying any symptoms that may be allergy related, it is essential that you seek veterinary care in Honolulu as soon as possible. Many of the symptoms can develop into more serious situations. For example, pets who suffer with inflammation of the respiratory tract may develop life-threatening breathing problems. Your veterinarian will do a comprehensive examination to determine what allergens are causing your pet distress and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Contact The Honolulu Pet Clinic today to schedule your pet’s examination.