Signs your Pet has Allergies


Signs your Pet has Allergies

Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies, and so do a startlingly large number of household pets. Oftentimes, when a pet is suffering from allergies, it either goes unnoticed or is mistaken for some other form of irritation. Here at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield, we see many animals brought in for reasons other than an allergy or rash, when in fact it is just that.

Excessive Scratching & Biting

Every cat or dog will naturally scratch themselves. But if the scratching is nearly constant, accompanied by excessive and vigorous biting, that’s a bad sign. You can be sure your pet is suffering from a skin condition if he or she whines or groans while scratching and biting.

Infected or Inflamed Skin

Most animals have very little pigment in their skin since they are covered in protective fur. This makes it easy to spot when they have developed a rash on tender, visible areas of skin around the belly, genitals, and other areas. If you notice red, dry, scabby, or otherwise unusual skin developments it is usually a rash or irritation of some form.

Paw Licking

Although paw licking is common for cats, in dogs it is a sign of allergies. As an allergic reaction develops, the body of a dog moves antihistamines into the extremities, which causes itching in the feet.

Excessive Shedding

Excessive or unseasonal shedding is a sign that your pet’s skin is in distress. If your pet has an allergy, noticeable dandruff will usually accompany excessive shedding.

Carpet Scooting or Rear Licking

Most dogs and cats will lick their hindquarters regularly. But if they do it excessively, or especially vigorously, that’s a sign of trouble. Also, carpet scooting is a sign that the animal’s normal cleaning routine is not working, and they may need professional care from a pet dermatology expert.