Allergies don’t just affect people. Your pets can also suffer from contact, environmental, flea, and food allergies. If you suspect your cat, dog, or exotic pet, such as tropical bird species, hedgehog, and ferret, is experiencing an allergic reaction, contact Sheehy Animal Hospital to schedule an exam with our board-certified veterinarian.
Types of Pet Allergies
A frequent complaint is itchy skin. Although itching is common among dogs and cats, excessive amounts can point to a rash caused by an irritant. An allergic reaction to fleas might be the culprit. Animals that are hypersensitive to the proteins in flea saliva can have this reaction. Rashes can also occur from laundry detergents, shampoos, and materials they walk and lay down on such as rugs and blankets.
Seasonal allergies can cause a rash, but, they can also cause sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, and nasal discharge. When left untreated, these symptoms can lead to infections.
How Veterinary Care Can Help With Pet Allergies
Our veterinarian may prescribe antihistamines or corticosteroids for them to stop itching and clear the rash. The best way to help them is to prevent the allergic reaction by removing the irritant. For animals with fleas, the simple solution is to apply flea treatment and use a product that repels fleas year-round. For outdoor, seasonal allergies, follow the same tips for people—Keep your animals inside when the pollen count is high. Go outside in the early evening when the levels are at the lowest. For severe allergies, shots are available to help desensitize them to certain irritants.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Veterinarian for Allergy Care Today!
For questions about your pet's allergies or any other problems or concerns, contact our veterinary staff at (248) 615-7670. Our Livonia animal hospital is equipped with the latest technology and care techniques to keep your beloved animals happy and healthy.