Signs of Pet Skin Allergies and Other Allergies in Vancouver
Pets can develop allergies to fleas, pollen and other allergens, leading to reactions that affect their skin, respiratory system or digestive system. Knowing more about pet dermatology can help you determine if your dog or cat has pet skin allergies or other allergies. Our Vancouver veterinarian can make sure that your pet gets the right treatment for these allergies.
Common Dog and Cat Allergies
Atopy is a common type of allergy that affects both cats and dogs. Dog and cat allergies of this type generally occur on a seasonal basis, such as allergies to ragweed in fall or pollen in spring. Pets with atopy might also be allergic to dust. This type of allergy causes symptoms that affect the skin, such as redness, scales, scratching or licking. Atopy can also cause redness in the ears, feet and face. Other symptoms include hot spots, persistent chewing and wheezing, which is more common in cats.
Less Common Cat and Dog Allergies in Vancouver
Contact dermatitis is a less common type of allergy that affects pets in Vancouver. Cat and dog allergies of this type occur when pets are allergic to cleaning products, carpeting or other materials. Signs of this type of allergy include itchy, red bumps on the muzzle, belly, feet and other areas with thinner hair, persistent scratching and hair loss.
Food allergies can also affect pets. These allergies generally develop from exposure to certain ingredients in commercial pet foods, such as corn or wheat. Signs of food allergies include itching in the face, legs, feet and other areas, ear problems and skin infections. Pets might also have digestive problems due to food allergies, such as more frequent bowel movements or softer stool.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Vancouver for Pet Allergy Treatment
If your pets are showing signs of allergies, contact us to set up an appointment with our veterinarian in Vancouver. We can provide your pets with the right treatment to relieve allergy symptoms.