Allergies and Your Pet
Spring has sprung in Orlando, FL, which means allergies for humans and pets. Dogs and cats can have allergies in the springtime, so your pet may be suffering from allergies just like you. Contact us at Pine Castle Animal Care Center, where we can diagnose if your pet has allergies.
Is It Pet Allergies or COVID-19?
If your dog or cat is sneezing, having watery eyes, and wheezing when they breathe, chances are they're suffering from seasonal pet allergies. Although two Chinese dogs and one Belgian cat have been diagnosed with COVID-19, they contracted it from their owners, and the chances of you giving your pet COVID-19 is rare. If your dog or cat has trouble breathing, it is an emergency and you should seek veterinary attention immediately at Pine Castle Animal Care Center.
What Type of Pet Allergies Are There?
Your pet can get several types of allergies. Most people are familiar with food allergies and pets, but there are many other types of allergies your pet may have. These include:
- Environmental and seasonal allergies -- these manifest themselves as your pets itching, scratching, licking, and biting at themselves. Some pets develop ear infections due to allergies. Occasionally, your pets may show signs of hay fever such as nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes. Your vet will have to determine if your pets have allergies or another health problem, and treat it accordingly.
- Flea Allergy Dermatitis -- pets who are troubled by fleas are often allergic to flea bites. Affected skin loses hair and becomes red and flakey. Your veterinarian can prescribe topical medicine to soothe your pets’ skin, plus a flea preventative that will eliminate the fleas.
- Contact Allergies -- contact allergies causes redness and itching around the area where your pet has contacted the allergen. Your pet may develop sores and hot spots that may need veterinary attention.
- Food Allergies -- possibly the most well-known type of allergy, food allergies manifest themselves as hives, redness, and itching. Your pet may have diarrhea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal distress as well.
What Should I Do If I Suspect My Pets Have Allergies?
If you suspect your cats or dogs have allergies, you should bring them to our animal hospital to have them evaluated. Our veterinarians will perform a number of diagnostic tests to rule out other factors and determine what type of allergy your pets have.
Contact us today at Pine Castle Animal Care Center in Orlando, FL. Our number is (407) 855-5010.