Allergies are quite common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, typically due to fleas, but can also be the result of food or inhaled irritants like dust or pollen. Most allergies appear after the pet is 6 months of age with the majority of affected dogs over age 2. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include respiratory distress such coughing, sneezing and wheezing or digestive problems, causing vomiting, flatulence or diarrhea.
Flea allergy is the most common allergy in cats. A normal cat experiences only minor skin irritation at the site of the bite. The flea allergic cat, on the other hand, has a severe, itch-producing reaction when the flea’s saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.
Common Symptoms Of Allergies In Pets
It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:
- Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears
- Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
- Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
- Increased skin pigmentation
- Thickened skin
- Loss of hair
- Salivary staining (brown color)
- Head shaking
If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can prevent future problems. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.
Pet Allergy & Dermatology Care In Leawood, KS
If your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms above, contact us today at 913-469-9330 to schedule an exam.