Did you know your dog or cat can suffer from seasonal allergies just as you do?

Did you know your dog or cat can suffer from seasonal allergies just as you do?
By Chris Hutchings, Veterinarian, Anexa FVC Morrinsville

There are primarily two types of allergies: food allergies and environmental allergies. If your pet gets itchy during spring, summer or autumn, she or he is probably reacting to seasonal, environmental allergens. But if the symptoms continue year-round, it’s more likely the sensitivity is to something more constant in the environment (from allergens such as grasses, pollens, moulds, dust mites and wandering dew) or something in your pet’s diet.

If your pet has allergies, his or her skin will become very itchy. If your pet is scratching excessively, grooming, biting or chewing at certain areas obsessively and/or has hair loss and skin redness or lesions or red spots, then your pet is trying to relieve the miserable itchiness by any means possible. As the itch-scratch cycle continues, the skin will become inflamed and tender to the touch.

Pets with allergies also often have problems with their ears – especially dogs. The inner part of the ear canals may be itchy and inflamed as part of a generalised allergic response, or they may become infected. Signs your pet’s ears are giving him or her problems include scratching at the ears, head shaking, and hair loss around the ears. If infection is present there will often be a smell and a discharge from the ears.

The paws can also show signs of skin allergy resulting in itchiness, excessive chewing and grooming removing fur, paw redness and/or soreness and discolouration.

Allergic reactions are produced by your pet’s immune system and can result in infection. The way his or her immune system functions is a result of both nature (genetics) and nurture (environment).

If you see any of the signs of seasonal allergies and are concerned then visit your Anexa FVC Vet. We have a range of treatments to get your pet back on track to a happy and healthy life including topical treatments, oral medicines, veterinary diets and soothing shampoos.

We know how important your pet is to you as he or she is to us and we are here to help you make sure that they are at their happiest and healthiest they can be, and provide you and them, with many years of fun and love.

Call us or pop in to your local clinic for advice on the best option for your loyal and loving pet.

Date Added: Tuesday, 1st October 2019


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