What to Watch for with Pet Allergies

Just like humans, your cat or dog might occasionally come down with the sniffles, sneezing, and runny noses. You might be surprised that your pet can suffer from seasonal and other allergies! Unfortunately, it can be very easy to miss the signs of allergies, especially if you don't know what to look for or don't know who to turn to for help. 

Fortunately, Connolly Animal Clinic and their veterinarian and other staff are here to help Florence, AL, residents find relief for their pet's allergies. Pet allergies can even become dangerous and reduce your cat or dog's quality of life. As such, it's important to get your furry friend the help they need with the help of a trained veterinarian.

Pet Allergies

What Are Pet Allergies?

Pet allergies are exactly what they sound like- allergies your pet develops to different allergens. Some common types of pet allergies can include:

  • Allergy to medication
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Allergy to grooming products
  • Food allergies
  • Allergy to household products

Allergies occur due to the immune system mistaking a regular, everyday item, such as pollen, for an invader and causing an allergic reaction.

Although it's not entirely certain what causes pet allergies, it is known that they can develop at any time even if your pet never had allergies. Because of this, it's important to know the signs of allergies in your cat or dog.

Signs of Pet Allergies

An allergy attack will be triggered by a specific allergen, such as food, grooming, or cleaning products. Common signs of pet allergies can include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Redness
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Runny eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in mood or appetite

How Our Veterinarian Can Help

It's important to have your pet diagnosed accurately with pet allergies. A veterinarian from our practice will be able to determine if your pet's symptoms are due to allergies or another condition.

Afterward, they can provide lifestyle changes to help reduce allergies. This includes identifying the specific allergen, such as food, pollen, or dust, that might be causing the allergic reaction. Our vet will them recommend you eliminate this product from your pet's diet or the household.

A vet from our animal clinic can also prescribe medications, such as antihistamines, to help treat allergies in your cat or dog.

Find Help for Pet Allergies In AL

At Connolly Animal Clinic, our team will help your pet feel better from allergies in order to prevent dangerous allergic reactions from occurring. For help treating your pet, call our Florence, AL, animal clinic today to set up an appointment at (256) 757-5376.