Understanding Cat and Dog Allergies in Cypress, TX
Many of us have been kept up at night, hearing our pets scratching and licking at themselves. You might start to wonder, “How does my pet have any fur left?” Dogs and sometimes cats can suffer from allergies just like humans can, but for our pets, the experience mainly involves severe itching of the skin. This itching is persistent and often worsens the more your pet licks and scratches. Over time, your pet might start losing hair in certain spots and end up with a skin infection, which continues the cycle of itching.
At Cypress Fairhaven Animal Hospital, we know the struggle--when a pet has allergies, it’s not just stressful for them, but for the whole family. Our veterinary team has lots of experience treating allergic pets and creating workups and treatment plans that provide long-term relief.
What are Dogs and Cats Allergic To?
Many of the allergens that affect us can also affect our pets. These include:
- Tree and flower pollen
- Mold spores
- Dust mites
- Proteins in food, such as beef, pork, and eggs (rare)
- Materials such as plastic and rubber
Some pets can develop an allergic reaction after being bit by a flea, due to the chemicals in flea saliva.
Common Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs and Cats
Itching is just one (albeit frustrating) part of the allergy problem. There are several other signs that could indicate an allergy and/or skin disorder, including:
- Areas of red, irritated skin
- Chewing and licking of the paws
- Areas of hair loss
- Dry and flaky patches of skin
- Strong odor coming from the skin and ears
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea*
*Could indicate food sensitivity
Can My Pet’s Allergies be Treated?
Cat and dog allergies can be managed effectively if we can accurately diagnose their condition and implement the right treatment plan. The key is to understand what is causing your pet’s allergy in the first place, if it is in fact an allergy, and finding the best combination of therapies to soothe the itching and help heal any skin damage.
In addition, we need to make sure that your pet has the protection they need against potential future flareups. With allergies, there is no permanent cure. The best we can do is help you recognize the signs of a flareup and know when and how to take action to minimize the symptoms as much as possible.
Our hospital offers many treatment options for allergies and skin infections, including:
- Oral anti-itch medication
- Immune therapy injection
- Medicated shampoos
- Topical sprays and ointments
- A hypoallergenic diet and treats