How To Tell If Your Pets Have Allergies by Jacqueline Valencia

Pets can have a myriad of behaviours and often pet parents will find themselves amused by them. More often than not, eccentricities in animals are just them expressing their cool personalities. However, there are behaviours that can be injurious and distressing. Sometimes a change of mood or manners can be due to allergies. Yes. Just like humans, animals can suffer the ill effects of allergies.

Allergies are a way that the body reacts to certain substances when it thinks there is an invading force attacking it. The body will defend itself by creating a chain of events that can lead to discomfort in its sufferer. Depending on the allergy and the location of the defense reaction it can come in the form of sneezing, inflammation, itchiness of the skin, soreness, vomiting, et cetera.

If you suspect your pet has an allergy, here are some ways that can help you determine that.

Allergies in dogs


If your dog is

  • habitually licking their paws or bottom
  • sneezing
  • flaky skin
  • shakes their head or tries to scratch their ears
  • has smelly ears
  • sounds congested

Your dog might be allergic to something in its environment. It’s best to contact your veterinarian, especially if they are vomiting or experiencing loose bowel movements (that goes for all pets).


Allergies in cats


If your cat is 

  • black or yellowish discharge from ears
  • snoring
  • swollen paws
  • excessive licking of fur
  • irritated or dry skin
  • habitual scratching
  • sneezing or wheezing

These things could all indicate allergies in your cat. A trip to the vet is necessary, but if you’re looking to help out until your pet’s  next appointment, make sure to keep their litter clean and if you can, get dust free litter.


Allergies in birds


If your bird has

  • scaly or red skin
  • constantly itches
  • red swollen eyes or beak

Your bird might have allergies.

With all pets, there will be a vet appointment to conduct blood or skin tests. When all other ailments are ruled out, you may be asked to eliminate certain things from your pet’s diet, change their litter, or change things in their home environment. Medication may be prescribed as well.

The symptoms for allergies can easily be those of something far more serious, therefore it is important not to diagnose and treat without the consultation of a vet. If an allergy does become the cause of your pet’s discomfort, make sure the whole household adheres to the vet’s instructions. This will ensure your pet will enjoy a happy and irritant free life with you.


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