Pet Allergies

There are things a pet may do when the weather changes, such as eating grass or washing ears when rain is coming. There is a superstition that cats sneeze when it's about to rain. However, frequent sneezing is more likely a sign of seasonal allergies. Animals can have allergies just like people, including food allergies and bee sting allergies. Some allergies are just annoying, others can be life-threatening. Here's how to tell if your furry friend has an allergy and what to do about it.  

Pet Allergies

Signs of an Anaphylactic Reaction

This is when your pet has severe, systemic allergic reaction resulting in histamine release, known as anaphylaxis. It's rare, but if your pet experiences any of the following symptoms, get him to a veterinarian right away: 

  • Face swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • General weakness
  • Lethargy   

Seasonal Allergies in Pets 

Pollen and mold are as bad for dogs and cats as they are for people. The odd sneeze may be nothing serious, but constant coughing or wheezing is a sign of a serious problem. Dog breeds that are prone to ear infections may have red, waxy ears as a sign of seasonal allergies. The following are signs of seasonal allergies in pets and can usually be cleared up with medicine. Always check with a veterinarian before medicating your pet. 

Food Allergies in Pets 

Though cats and dogs need a protein-rich diet, your furry friend may be sensitive to certain proteins present in eggs, soy, or gluten. This can cause the immune system to overreact and produce antibodies to these substances. If your dog experiences any of the following symptoms, your vet may recommend a hypoallergenic diet for eight to twelve weeks for an elimination trial as the diagnosis method. 

Lancaster Animal Clinic

If you live in Lancaster, OH, and need medical care for your four-footed friend, don't hesitate to contact Lancaster Animal Clinic.


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