Your Houston Veterinarian’s Tips for Managing Pet Allergies
Tips for Managing Your Pet’s Allergies
Pollen is a major problem for people and pets alike here in the Houston area. Dog allergies and cat allergies actually manifest differently than human allergies, itchiness being one of the primary symptoms for pets. If you notice your pet scratching themselves and licking/chewing at their feet frequently, they could be suffering from an allergy. Detecting your pet’s allergies early and taking steps to control the symptoms is essential to keeping your pet comfortable and healthy.
See the Signs
When a pet is itchy, the only way they can respond is to scratch the itch. This causes a variety of physical changes, including:
- Missing fur between the toes (indicates licking and chewing of the feet)
- Bald patches (on their sides, belly, or under the arms)
- Areas of skin that are raw and red
- Scaly patches of skin
- Skin that gives off a strong odor
- Red, inflamed ears
- Runny eyes and nose
- Missing fur around eyes and top of nose (from rubbing)
Look for these changes. Keep a close eye on your pet, and don’t assume that their scratching is due to a temporary itch. The longer the problem goes on, the more damage your pet can do to their protective skin barrier. With skin damage comes the likelihood for a bacterial infection.
- If you see just one sign that could point to an allergy in your pet, contact your veterinarian in Houston Tx. Our team offers a variety of testing and treatment options that can put a stop to your pet’s itching and keep their allergies under control.
- Follow your veterinarian’s instructions concerning medication, diet, and other areas that may need to be altered for treatment. It’s important that we find the cause of your pet’s allergies, and reduce their exposure to whatever allergens are responsible.
- Be vigilant. Allergies may take time to treat, especially if your pet has been living with them for a long period of time.
- If your pet needs a diet change due to a food allergy, get your entire family on board with this change and help them understand the importance of cutting all other foods out of your pet’s diet. Getting off course can cause your pet’s allergies to flare up once more.
If you ever have questions or concerns about your pet’s allergies, just contact us—we’re always here to help. Pet allergies can be frustrating (for both you and your pet), but there is always a solution.