Does your pet have allergies?

pet allergies causing itching

Here’s what you can do to help

It’s that time of year again: the spring breakers are here, and so is the oak pollen. It’s not your imagination; your pet may be showing signs of an allergy, too. Scratching is one of the most common signs that your furry friend may be experiencing allergies. Itching can be a sign of other problems, though; so it’s important to get a diagnosis from a veterinarian. If your pet, indeed, is found to have allergies, here are some things you can do to bring them relief.

Flea Prevention

The most common allergy in pets is flea bite dermatitis. This condition is caused by a hypersensitivity to the components of flea saliva. Pets that are allergic experience intense itching and irritation at the bite wound. Pets may have patches of hair loss at the site, as well as scabbing or sores. Luckily, this can be avoided with over-the-counter flea preventative (a word of caution that some flea medications, often sold at discount or grocery stores, are not recommended.) The medications we carry are safe and effective. Ask us which one is right for your pet!

Environmental Allergies

Also known as seasonal allergies, these are very similar to hay fever. While humans will sneeze and get watery eyes, animals are more likely to show skin issues. Severe itching over the entire body is the most common symptom of an environmental allergy to an irritant such as dust, mold, mildew, or pollen. Inflamed ears may also occur. In addition to medication your vet may recommend or prescribe, we carry shampoos and other treatments that can help ease itching during allergy flare-ups. We can help select treatments that are right for your pet.

Food Sensitivities                

Just as in people, some pets experience a hypersensitivity to proteins found in certain foods. You may notice dermatological problems or gastrointestinal issues, such as rash, hives, and itching over a large portion of the body, as well as diarrhea and vomiting. Common culprits include beef, dairy, wheat, egg, and soy in dogs, and beef, dairy, and fish in cats. We carry a wide variety of limited ingredient diet foods to help our furry friends with food sensitivities – ask in store for a recommendation. We love to help with food issues!

Seasonal allergies are a bummer, especially when it’s such a nice time to enjoy the outdoors. If your pet is experiencing itching or any other allergic symptom, visit your vet for a diagnosis, and feel free to ask us any questions you may have about helping ease your pet’s symptoms.

Nicole Apostle is the marketing director at Leo&Lucky's.

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