Pet allergy symptoms can present in subtle ways that can often be mistaken for other skin disorders. At Methuen Veterinary Hospital, we can help diagnose and treat your pets with and without pet allergies. Our animal hospital proudly serves the Methuen community and the surrounding areas, providing only the highest level of care for your pets. We have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and treat pet allergies. To better recognize pet allergies, you need to understand the symptoms associated with them and what causes the allergies to start in the first place.
Symptoms of Pet Allergies
The most common symptom of a pet allergy is itchy skin. Unfortunately, infections and parasites can also cause itchy skin. Because of this, identifying pet allergies can be difficult, but with the right veterinarian, we can diagnose the problem. There are a few other pet allergy symptoms that can accompany itchy skin. These include:
- Excessive grooming
- Licking or chewing their fur, skin, and/or feet
- Watery eyes
- Hair Loss
What Causes Pet Allergies?
Flea bite dermatitis is one of the most common causes of allergies in pets. A reaction to the flea saliva can result in itchy skin, rash, and inflammation. If left untreated, hair loss, scabbing, hotspots, and scarring can occur. The good news is that this allergy can be easily treated by using a good flea treatment routine.
Food and environmental allergies are two more triggers that can plague your pet. Insect stings, grass, pollen, and mold are common environmental allergens. These are usually seasonal. Items used inside the home can also cause allergies. These items include personal products, such as perfumes, cleaning chemicals, human dander, and dust mites.
Food allergies can be more difficult to pinpoint since it could be just one common ingredient in pet food or multiple ingredients. The best way to determine what ingredient is causing the issue is with an elimination diet used under the treatment of a trusted veterinarian.
What to Do If You Suspect Your Pet Has Allergies
If you suspect your pet is suffering from allergies, reach out to Methuen Veterinary Hospital. Our veterinarians will thoroughly examine your pet and run the necessary tests to provide a proper diagnosis. If we feel your pet has allergies, the veterinarian will discuss what treatments are available for your pet. Don't let your pet suffer any longer with allergies. Call our team today at (978) 685-8031 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.