Many people are surprised to learn that pets can have allergies, just as humans do. Some even have the same allergies that are so common in humans. These include contact allergies, food allergies, and environmental allergies. Fortunately, Henderson Animal Hospital in Winnipeg understands pet allergies and their many causes. We can help you identify the signs and symptoms of pet allergies and explain to you what you can do to relieve your pet’s suffering.
What are Pet Allergies?
Pet allergies behave in many ways similar to the allergy symptoms humans experience. For instance, someone with a dairy allergy or insensitivity may get an upset stomach after eating dairy products as can dogs. In more extreme cases humans may experience anaphylaxis as can dogs. Always be on the lookout for symptoms of anaphylaxis and seek immediate emergency care by a qualified pet vet.
Contact allergens with pets are allergies to things like flea saliva, carpet cleaners, and even laundry detergent used in pet bedding. Symptoms include skin irritation, inflammation, reddening of the skin, scratching, biting, scabbing, and even hair loss.
Seasonal allergies are also common for pets. Some are allergic to things like pollen, certain types of grasses, and other seasonal occurrences (bee stings, for instance). Each allergen creates different symptoms for pets and requires different approaches to treatment.
When to See Your Vet
If your pet is showing symptoms of a possible allergy or allergic reaction and you aren’t sure what the cause is, it is a good idea to see your vet. The reason is simple. While dogs have the same types of allergies humans do, the symptoms can vary according to breed and other factors. In fact, many allergens that cause sneezing, coughing, and wheezing in humans (and some dogs), may cause skin reactions in other dogs.
Identifying the specific allergens can help families minimize exposure, which is really important as dogs often experience worsening symptoms with each subsequent exposure to allergens and irritants. The more you know about your pet’s allergies, the greater your power to reduce the symptoms and their effect on your pet.
Finding a Vet You Can Trust for Pet Allergies in Winnipeg
Henderson Animal Hospital in Winnipeg understands that your pet is a member of your family. Our talented team of animal health care professionals is here to help you understand your pet’s needs when it comes to allergies and allergy treatments while providing excellent, compassionate care to your pet. Contact us today to learn more about the allergy symptoms your pet is experiencing and how we can make a difference for your pet’s allergies today and tomorrow.