A Look at Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Allergy-causing pollen from male cones of Umbrella Pine.

Every year, millions of Americans cough, sneeze, and rub their eyes in response to allergens in the air. What some people don’t realize is that cats and dogs can also experience allergies. While humans know to stay inside and take allergy drugs, pets tend to have a more difficult time. Here’s a brief look at the common triggers, symptoms, and prevention measures for dogs and cats with allergies:  

Triggers

Cats and dogs are allergic to many of the same things as humans. For instance, pollen from weeds, trees, mold, and grass can send an allergic cat or dog into a sneezing frenzy. Certain food products, flea-control medicines, fabrics, and perfumes can cause additional allergy symptoms. If you suspect that your pet is allergic to something in your home, whether its dust or cigarette smoke, have your veterinarian perform a comprehensive allergy test.  

Symptoms

Again, you’ll find that your pets’ allergy symptoms are very similar to your own. When exposed to their allergy triggers, cats and dogs often experience sneezing, itchy ears, and itchy and runny eyes. Cats and dogs may also lick themselves excessively and chew on their paws. In serious cases, pets may suffer from diarrhea or vomiting. Only a skilled veterinarian can tell you whether these symptoms are caused by allergies or a more serious condition.  

Prevention

As a pet owner, the best thing you can do for your pet is to remove as many of his allergy triggers as you can. If your pet is allergic to dust, for example, you should keep your home as tidy as possible. If your pet is allergic to tree or grass pollen, you might take him on shorter walks during periods of high pollen counts.

One of the skilled veterinarians from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can identify the source of your pet’s allergy symptoms and help him live a happier and more comfortable life. To speak with a veterinarian or book a pet grooming session, call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309. 

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