pug wrapped in a blanketMost of us can say we have allergies or someone close to us experiences allergy symptoms. However, according to Vetinfo.com, nearly half of all American dogs suffer from allergies, too! With our fur babies being of the utmost importance, it is vital to understand what causes their allergies, how to identify them, and what to do after you recognize an issue. By utilizing this information and being proactive, your pets will eventually become sniffle-free.

What Causes Pet Allergies?

Just like people, numerous things can cause allergy symptoms in your pets. For example, things like cleaning supplies, perfumes, cigarette smoke, pollen, dust, and dander can all be culprits. The big three that wreak havoc on our little ones’ health are fleas, inhaled substances, and food. Therefore, by knowing the environment your pet is exposed and by usingallergy sensitive products, you can reduce allergens in the home and ease symptoms.

How to Identify Pet Allergies  

Allergies in pets can be identified by some common symptoms.  Any of the following can indicate anallergy in your pet: itchy/red skin, increased scratching, itchy/watery eyes, scratching near the base of the tail or back, itchy ears or ear infections, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, constant licking, snoring, and chewing at paws. Any of these symptoms can be noticed when your pet ingests, inhales, or skin comes in contact with an allergen. Pets can develop allergies at any age, so even caretakers of elderly pets need to be aware. Once identified, it is important to know what to do next.    

What do I do after I identify an allergy?  

As mentioned above, it may be easy to identify an allergy, but knowing the cause is difficult. Therefore, it is important to always contact your vet for an official diagnosis and to discuss options for treatment. Sometimes skin and blood tests are necessary to determine the cause and to explore treatment. You may be able to discuss remedy treatments like hypoallergenic shampoo or fatty acid supplements. If it is determined that a food allergy is the culprit an elimination diet may be needed. Although it might be a stressful time for you and your fur baby, working with your vet and flowing their advice will lead to the best possible outcome.

Remember, we can always do our part in preventing allergens by adding simple tasks to our daily or weekly routines. Quickly removing dust from the home once a week and by washing your bedding in hot water weekly to remove dander, can help create a safe, healthy home for fur babies and caretakers alike. Look into our allergist recommended products for even more symptom relief for your pets!