Just like their human companions, pets can suffer seasonal and year-round allergies. Animals exhibit some similar symptoms to humans, but there are a few different symptoms that might make you decide to visit your veterinarian for a checkup.
She scratches often.
Most pets will exhibit signs of allergies by scratching often. This is a skin condition known as allergic dermatitis, where the skin becomes irritated or inflamed as a result of allergies. You may notice your pet, cat or dog, scratching areas of her body throughout the day. Scratching can be in the form of using her paw, rubbing her face or body on a carpet or rough surface, or even biting and chewing her body. If you do not see her scratching, then look for areas with hair loss, sores, and scabs. She may also have itching in her ears, which may cause her to shake her head or paw at her ears.
She has watery eyes and a runny nose.
Though it is not as common in animals as it is in humans, animals can also exhibit respiratory allergy symptoms. Your pet may have watery eyes and a runny nose, if she is suffering from allergies. She may even cough or sneeze occasionally. If your pet already has issues with lung sensitivity or respiratory problems, these allergy symptoms could result in bronchitis or sinusitis, which is a sinus infection.
She has red, inflamed areas on her body.
Pet allergies can also show up in the form of general redness around the body. These areas, often the eyes, mouth, and paws, will look red, inflamed, and possibly swollen. If these symptoms persist, your pet may be feeling extreme discomfort and injure themselves while trying to scratch or relieve the pain. It is best to see a veterinarian near you that can recommend the appropriate medications to ease the allergy symptoms.
Don’t let your pet suffer with seasonal allergies now or in the future. Schedule your next vet checkup with Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ by calling (480) 800-4559.