How To Tell If Your Pet Has Allergies

Dog with allergies scratching his ear.

Although our furry friends cannot verbalize their discomfort with words, they do offer plenty of physical signals when something is amiss. Dog and cat allergies are just as common for our four-legged friends as human allergies are for us. Although they can be caused by a wide-range of allergens (including food, plants, pollen, dust mites, and even flea saliva), allergies in pets tend to present with similar symptoms. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Berkeley Veterinary Center to see if allergies are the cause.

Scratch, Scratch, Scratching

Excessive scratching is one of the easiest ways to spot if your pet has allergies. If your dog or cat is suddenly scratching throughout the day, rubbing aggressively against the furniture, or repeatedly licking his or her paws, there is a good chance your cat or dog has allergies. Most pets who have allergies will have some kind of skin issue. If your pet’s skin seems to be causing them problems, schedule an appointment so we can do some allergy testing.

If Your Pet Has Allergies, They Might Not Have Hair…In Some Places

Unexpected hair loss is another symptom of allergies in pets, which is sometimes caused by the excessive scratching and licking. If you start to see bald spots along your pet’s coat, it might be a sign that your dog or cat has allergies. Our veterinary team can examine the skin and perform other allergy tests to determine if allergies are initiating the hair loss.

Inflamed Or Infected Ears

Allergies often affect a pet’s ears. Pets who are suffering from allergies will often have inflamed or infected ears. If they are rubbing their ears more than normal or if you notice any signs of redness or swelling, it could be a sign that your dog or cat is allergic to something in their environment. 

Wheezing Or Coughing 

Although most pet allergies tend to manifest as skin issues, some animals will develop a wheeze or cough if they have an allergy. This condition is more likely in cats, but it is not completely unheard of in our canine companions. Whether or not an allergy is causing the wheeze or cough, it is important to schedule an appointment so our veterinary team can determine if your pet has an allergy or a more serious health issue and find the right treatment.

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, itchy pets are our specialty. We have treatments like sublingual (under the tongue) allergy therapy, medications, and ointments that relieve symptoms of allergies so your pet can return to a happy and comfortable life. To learn more, please call (732) 269-3600.

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