Ahhh spring! Warmer weather, flowers blooming and blossoms on the trees. Unfortunately for many, the arrival of Spring also means the arrival of allergy season and it’s not just people who are impacted. Many pets suffer from allergies but they are not only seasonal. So we have put together a simple guide to help you recognize if your pet may have allergies.
An allergy is when the body overreacts to a typically harmless substance.
1) Flea Allergic Dermatitis: the pet is allergic to the flea saliva.
2) Atopy: the pet is allergic to common things found in the environment. The things could include pollens, house dust mites, grasses, molds, cigarette smoke, feathers, perfume, cleaning products, rubber & plastic products.
3) Food allergies or Adverse Food Reactions: when the pet overreacts to a single protein or carbohydrate source. Unfortunately, allergies to fleas, environmental allergens (atopy) and food can look exactly the same.
Visit your Veterinarian. We will take a thorough history and work with the you to take a stepwise approach which usually includes ensuring continual flea prevention, then possibly picking a special diet for a food trial to help rule out food allergy. If the allergic reaction isn’t caused by fleas or a food, then we will work closely with you to discover the cause. The good news is that in the past few years there have been several new treatments come to market, especially for dogs. So if your pet has suffered from allergies in the past, there may be something new that could help.
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