With Pet Allergy Week set for 18-24 June, it seems timely to offer some advice on how to spot, diagnose and treat allergies. They are many and varied and some animals are more susceptible than others, so the team in Limehurst Square has compiled the following information to help you out.
This is by no means exhaustive, so if you have any further questions please contact us and we’ll be happy to chat.
There are many things that can cause allergies, including foods, mites and pollens and symptoms range from scratching and itching to hotspots, hair loss, infections and open sores.
Weed, Tree and Mould: These can be very difficult to avoid contact with and cause flare ups at certain times of the year.
Food: Symptoms can include tummy upsets as well as general itchiness, skin and ear problems and behaviour problems.
Fleas: One bite from a flea could leave your pet itchy and sore for 2-3 weeks and they may get a secondary infection because of all the scratching, nibbling and licking they are doing.
House Dust Mites: Vacuuming and washing bedding and the environment can help keep these under control, but pets with dust mite allergies often need immunotherapy vaccines.
Storage Mites: These are attracted to dry foods, grains and cereals. It is sometimes necessary to change an allergic pet to a wet food instead of a dry one.
Contact: These allergies are usually caused by contact with certain carpet materials, cleaners, plastics or rubber. They often show as red itchy bumps or blisters on the tummy, feet, or muzzle.
Allergies are diagnosed using a variety of methods. Your pet will initially have a thorough examination which may include blood tests to rule out any illnesses and diseases that may be causing symptoms. An allergy work up may include some, or all of the following:
- Skin scrapes and hair plucks
- Allergy blood tests
- Food exclusion trials
Allergy treatment may include:
- Removal and/or avoidance techniques
- Topical treatments
- Prescription medications
- Immunotherapy injections
- Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids
We’re always here if you have any further questions, so feel free to contact us. Or call our Katie Sharman on 01604 478888.