Welcome to the fascinating world of pet allergies, their causes and
treatments. If you are reading this information, then your pet was
likely diagnosed as one of the millions of pets scratching and chewing
What Causes Allergies?
those nasty little things that cause allergies, can be found
everywhere. Pollens, house dust, carpet mites, molds, spores, fleas,
food…you name it. If it exists, somebody is allergic to it, and that
somebody might just be your pet!
CHEWING! Rubbing along the carpet, furniture and you! Doing everything
and anything to STOP THE ITCH! Scratching becomes your pet’s favorite
hobby. This intense obsession goes on and on and over a period of time
the constant trauma can cause hair loss, dry and scaly skin, skin
irritation, bleeding and infection. Your pet can even wear down its
front teeth prematurely by chewing on the skin!
reactions in our pets can also manifest themselves in ways other than
itchy skin. Additional signs to watch for include respiratory,
intestinal and stomach upsets and recurring ear infections.
Make it Stop!
we said earlier, there are many causes for allergies. And, it’s
important to stress that ALLERGIES ARE FOREVER. We do not cure them, we
control and prevent their devastating effects. Once your pet starts on
an Allergy Treatment Program, it is extremely important that you
continue. Don’t let your guard down, and don’t wait if an unexpected
flare up occurs. Early intervention is vital!
testing and a relatively new blood testing program can be used to try
to determine what is causing your pet’s allergies. Although not 100%
accurate, they can be quite an aid in seeing if something can be
eliminated from your pet’s environment to minimize the allergy. In some
cases, a series of hyposensitizing injections can be tried to see if
your pet’s body can be ‘gotten used to’ the allergen.
most cases, we will never know all of the allergens that specifically
affect your pet, nor will we be able to eliminate them all from your
pet's environment, but we can outline the most common causes and
discuss what you can do to prevent further problems.
What do you do when your pet has more than one type of allergy?
Or at least as much as you can. It may be necessary for us to try
several approaches or combinations of treatments to tackle your pet’s
allergy problems. Once again, the most effective approach is early
treatment. Don’t wait until your pet’s allergy becomes severe. At the
first sign of problems, bring your pet in for treatment.
and strict compliance as well as your full participation in your pet’s
health care is a vital and necessary part of the allergy battle. We are
all in this together!