As summertime approaches in sunny Vancouver, BC, we thought it best to have a chat about pet allergies. There are many common misconceptions about allergy symptoms, treatment, and what even causes allergies. In this post we’ll break them down using insight from our knowledgeable vet here at Market Hill Animal Hospital.
What are common symptoms?
- itchiness all around!
- especially around the tail, ears, and nose
- diarrhea and vomiting, especially with food allergies
- snoring due to an irritated throat
- itchy and swollen paws
- scabs on the skin that get moist and red
What often causes allergies?
- Mold spores
- Dust and house dust mites
- Cigarette smoke
- Many flower species, especially lilies for cats
- assorted species of weeds
How do we treat allergies?
Our friends at tractive (https://tractive.com/blog/en/health/dog-allergies-what-you-need-to-know) break this down super well:
The best way to treat allergies is to remove the offending allergens from your dog’s environment. If dust is the problem, clean your pet’s bedding once a week and vacuum at least twice weekly. And try to keep your home clean and dust-free. If your dog has a food allergy, he or she probably need a special diet. Once the allergy is determined, your vet will recommend specific foods or a home-cooked diet. If the problem is grass or pollen, weekly bathing may help relieve itching and remove environmental allergens and pollens from your dog’s skin. Discuss with your vet what prescription shampoos are best, as frequent bathing with the wrong product can be more damaging than good.
Of course, there are limitations to just removing allergens from your pet’s surroundings. Often, changing your pet’s diet can have a tremendously positive effect on their symptoms. Here at Market Hill, we’d be glad to help understand your pet’s condition and provide prescription diet food. When your pup goes on this food exclusively, even for a few weeks, you’ll start to see an alleviation of symptoms almost like magic.