If your pet is sneezing, has watery eyes, or exhibits allergy symptoms, it's time to visit a veterinarian. Allergies are a common issue for dogs and cats and can be caused by anything from environmental factors to food sensitivities. During a pet exam for allergies at Pasquotank Animal Hospital in Elizabeth City, our veterinarians can help identify the source of your pet's allergies and develop a treatment plan to provide relief.
Symptoms of Pet Allergies
The most common symptom of allergies in pets is itchiness. Your pet may scratch relentlessly, chew at his skin, or develop hot spots. This scratching can lead to hair loss, raw skin, and infections. Other symptoms of allergies in pets include:
When your pet is itchy, he may lick himself excessively to relieve the itchiness. This can result in hair loss and raw, irritated skin.
Some allergies can cause your pet to sneeze frequently. If your pet is also exhibiting other symptoms, such as itchiness or runny eyes, allergies are likely the cause.
Allergies can cause your pet's eyes to water excessively. This may be accompanied by redness and swelling.
A runny nose is another common symptom of allergies in pets. If your pet's nose is constantly running, it's a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian.
Causes of Pet Allergies
Many different things can cause allergies in pets. Common allergens include:
The tiny dust mites in household dust can cause allergies in dogs and cats. They are most commonly found in bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpets.
Pollen from trees, grasses, and flowers can cause allergies in dogs and cats. When pollen is high, it's a good idea to keep your pet indoors as much as possible.
Mold spores can cause allergies in both dogs and cats. They are often found in damp, humid places such as basements and laundry rooms.
Cigarette smoke can cause allergies in both dogs and cats. If you smoke, it's a good idea to do so outdoors to minimize your pet's exposure.
Treatment for Pet Allergies
The best way to treat allergies in pets is to avoid the allergens causing the reactions. However, this is not always possible and some pets will require medication to relieve their symptoms. Antihistamines can help reduce itchiness, while corticosteroids can relieve more severe symptoms.
Contact Our Veterinarians to Schedule a Pet Exam for Allergies
If your pet exhibits allergy symptoms, contact Pasquotank Animal Hospital in Elizabeth City to schedule a pet exam. Our veterinarians will work with you to identify the source of your pet's allergies and develop a treatment plan to provide relief. Call our team today at (252) 264-3371 to learn more or to book an appointment.