Remember when a sip of your favorite smoothie nearly took you out? When your flawless skin suddenly became sore from scratching ugly rashes! Oh, and the wheezing and fever that couldn’t just go down, and only a doctor could liberate you. All these because your new nanny included peanuts in your smoothie! Well, imagine your kitty going through that.
Just like humans, pets also develop allergies, especially your dogs and kitties. And, unlike you who can have a way out by avoiding what affects you, they depend on your wit to alleviate them. So many pets suffer because their keepers are ignorant of this fact.
You can choose to be exceptional by looking out for your little companion. If it caters to your emotions exempting you from pangs of boredom, ensuring for its well-being is not too hard to do.
Types Of Pet Allergies
You can’t address what you don’t notice. Foremost, you have to be aware of the fact that allergic reactions display differently. The difference depends on the type of allergen – a trigger- causing the symptoms. The triggers vary from what they feed on, wear, the weather, to a simple stroke from a pedestrian.
Finding out what is causing discomfort to your non-verbal companion needs isolating all these allergens. How easy it can become, if they talk, or point out what affects them!
Anyway, since that will never happen, check out if your pet shows any of these signs. Most importantly, keep track of events that transpire moments to the signs.
1. Allergies from the surroundings
What you surround your pet with; maybe what is making it so restless. Most of the time, these environs are safe for you. It could be where it sleeps or what it inhales.
The trigger can be the new perfume you wear or its new steel collar bracelet. It can also be pollen or cigarette smoke. Something around your pet might be responsible for its recent nasal and eye irritation, skin and ear infections, as well as fatigue. It just can’t tell you. Figure out which one.
2. Food allergies
Just because they are animals doesn’t mean every food works for them. Your kitty or dog may be sensitive to proteins, especially dairy, beef, lamb chops, eggs, or wheat. You could be spending a lot on the wrong pet food if you notice gastrointestinal upsets in your pet.
Apart from that, the wrong food can affect their skin, causing them itchiness, poor quality skin, and coat, and ear issues.
3. Contact allergies
When your pet comes into contact with a surface that it is intolerant to, it may cost them their healthy skin. Mostly, the area of their skin that brushes with the allergen is the one that presents the reactions.
Check out for rashes on their skin or ears, and show concern when your pet licks or scrapes itself. The intolerance can also cause your pet’s coat to smell. Unfortunately, it is not curable. You can only control what your pet touches or scratches.
How Do Pets Become Sensitive?
Your pet may have inherited it from its parents. Apart from that, it can develop sensitivity as it grows. In either case, the signs usually occur during the initial 2 to 4 years of its existence. Some of these symptoms are seasonal, occurring if the environment changes.
For instance, spring and fall season engulfs the air with pollen, fragrance from flowers, and the ground with mold, which affects them.
Is There A Way Out?
Absolutely! You took too long. To figure out what triggers the reactions, your little friend requires allergic testing on its coat and blood. The tests will enable the doctor to determine a healthy plan for the pet.
The results may require the pet to have a befitting diet, medication, or even therapy sessions to relieve it from the damage of the symptoms.
If you want the best for your companion, do not ignore the signs. You wouldn’t want your pet’s health to deteriorate under your watch. Ensure that you raise any concerns to your vet during regular checkups.