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Pet Allergies

The Difference Between Food and Seasonal Pet Allergies

When someone hears the term allergies, they often think about a runny nose, watery eyes, and a cough; however, other people who suffer from food allergies might think about an emergency that could require an epi-pen, which is short for an epinephrine injection. The same dichotomy exists in pets as well. It is important for pet owners to be able to spot the difference between food allergies and seasonal allergies. There are a few important points to keep in mind. At Sheehy Animal Hospital, we can provide a vet who specializes in the treatment of pet allergies in Livonia.

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What are the Symptoms of Food Allergies?

If a pet is suffering from food allergies, they might go unnoticed. For example, for a pet to truly develop hypersensitivity to foods, this process can take years. Therefore, not all food allergies are going to require an emergency injection the way peanut allergies might in people.

One possible indicator of food allergies in pets is the development of skin problems. If there are large sores and lesions developing on the hips, knees, ribs, or flank, the culprit might be a food allergy. Some of the other symptoms include recurrent infections, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, irritation, and itching that might actually lead to hair loss. GI symptoms are hallmarks of food allergies. Dermatology issues are a common symptom of pet allergies.

What are the Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies?

If a pet is suffering from seasonal allergies, the symptoms will usually only manifest during certain times of the year. Some of the most common causes of seasonal allergies in pets include grass, fleas, dust, and pollen. The lesions related to seasonal allergies often show up on the feet (typically on the bottom) in contrast to the lesions associated with food allergies discussed above. Some of the other symptoms of seasonal allergies include irritation, the development of a rash, and other skin issues.

The climate can also have a major impact on how a pet responds to seasonal allergies. For example, in areas of the country where it is warm, the symptoms of seasonal allergies are going to last longer.

Diagnosing Allergies in Pets

In order for someone to make the right diagnosis, they need to rely on a trained veterinarian. A medical professional knows how to ask the right questions to get to the bottom of why a pet might be uncomfortable. Then, once the right diagnosis has been made, the treatment process can start.

Let Sheehy Animal Hospital Help

At Sheehy Animal Hospital, our vet dermatology services in Livonia can help you manage your pet's allergies. If you want to make an appointment with our veterinarian, call us today!

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