Very few pet owners are aware of the fact that their pets could be suffering from allergies. Common symptoms like sneezing and itching can get overlooked as common puppy dandruff or a common cold. While excessive scratching isn’t the only sign of an allergy, it is the most common. Here are a few of the more common allergies we see here at Countryside Animal Hospital, and what some of their signs and symptoms are.

Flea Allergy

This is the most common allergy in cats and dogs and is caused when a flea bites. It’s the saliva that the pet is allergic too, and the small bit of saliva releases proteins and antigens into the skin of your pet, creating that irritation and itch. Against popular belief, not every animal is allergic to fleas, and the ones that aren’t will experience very little irritation from these types of bites. When an animal that is allergic is bit, they will experience intense itching and irritation that can last for days at a time. You will notice an excessive amount of scratching or licking around the bite that could cause patches of hair to fall out.

Food Allergy

Animal’s stomachs don’t process foods the same way as humans. When your cat or dog eats large amounts of foods, human foods or foods that their bodies are sensitive to, they could react poorly. This type of allergic reaction can get overlooked at because of how common the sites and symptoms are as well as how hard it is to really ween in on what it is that’s causing the reaction. The symptoms will include diarrhea, vomiting and any other type of digestive distress. If you notice consistent sickness after eating a particular food, it could be caused from an allergy.

Environmental Allergy

Just like humans, pets can have seasonal allergies as well! Depending on the climate and location that you live in, there are allergen and airborne pollutants that can set off certain allergies in pets. Similar to humans, the symptoms for seasonal allergies include hives, itching, sneezes, runny noses and watery eyes, among others. Taking your pet to the wet when you’ve noticed these symptoms is crucial to minimize the amount of time your pet suffers.

If you have noticed a few of these signs or symptoms in your pet, it’s best to take them to the vet to confirm. While these may seem like basic symptoms, there are other conditions that these symptoms could point to. In order to get the most accurate diagnosis, contact Countryside Animal Hospital here in Fort Collins, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Speights.