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Did you know that, like humans, dogs and cats can develop allergies? As it turns out, pet allergies are not at all uncommon. Though fairly widespread, determining the cause of irritation to your pet can be a little difficult. As a good pet owner, who wants their pet to live a comfortable life, it is up to us to recognize common allergens, avoid them, and respond to our pets’ reaction. Responding to the reaction can look different for every case. Sometimes you’ll just need to eliminate the cause and sometimes you’ll need to use medication or test your pet’s blood or skin to discover what it is that they have an allergy to.

How Can I Tell That My Pet Has An Allergy?

Usually the allergy will manifest on your pet’s skin. You’ll notice that their skin is overly itchy, red, or flakey. Maybe that’s normal of your pet. Your dog could just be in itchy dog. That’s why it’s important to know what is and what isn’t normal. At the same time, it’s also important to know that, just like with humans, animals can develop allergies later in their life.

Allergic reactions are not solely restricted to just showing up on your pets’ skin. They’ve also been known to an also show up in your pets breathing, causing them to sneeze or wheeze. You’ll notice that their breathing has becoming more labored. Allergies can also give your pet gastrointestinal issues. Generally, food allergies are the cause of a gastrointestinal issue. In this case, your pet will suffer from uncommon consistency in stools, and more flatulence than is typical.

What’s Causing My Pet’s Allergies?
The most reported allergens of pets are:
  • trees
  • grass
  • dander
  • cigarette smoke
  • dust mites
  • shampoo
  • fleas
  • mold
  • medicine
  • cleaning products
  • woods
  • weeds
How Do I Treat My Pet’s Allergies?

The best plan of action is avoidance or elimination of the allergen, which is the easiest solution. If you know that your pet is allergic to a certain tree, don’t let them near it. If your pet is allergic to smoke, don’t smoke around them. If you haven’t been able to figure out what the cause of the allergy is, you’ll need to check in with your vet to do a blood or skin test to determine what the allergen is. It’s a good idea to check in with Cimarron Animal Hospital anyway, just in case the issues your pet is experiencing are something more serious.