Allergies are the body’s responses to perceived threats to the immune system, but these responses can actually be harmful, or even deadly. Pets suffer from allergies in ways both similar and familiar to humans, so it’s very important to know how to identify the symptoms and to know when to call a veterinarian.
What Are Common Pet Allergies?
Food allergies are very common in pets, can develop at any age, and may require the help of your vet to pinpoint which specific ingredient is causing the reaction. Allergies come in three types: skin allergies, food allergies, and those caused by substances in the environment. Just like humans, pets can have allergies to food, plants, fabrics, or just about anything. But here are some known substances that are toxic to pets:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Alcohol of any kind
- Dairy products
- Caffeinated beverages
- Grapes and raisins
- Raw meat, eggs, or fish
- Onions, garlic, or other herbs not suggested by your veterinarian
- Peaches and plums
How Can I Tell If My Pet Has An Allergy?
If your pet is suffering from a food allergy they will likely display the following symptoms:
- Excessive gas
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Itchy skin, or changes in your pet’s coat
- Chronic ear infections
However, just like humans they can also suffer from hives or swelling on any part of their face, or their tongue, eyelids, earflaps. Allergens they come in contact with outside, such as plants, could be the cause. Your vet can administer an antihistamine to heal your pet.
Severe allergic reactions, such as to vaccines and bee stings, will be far more severe. What Should I Do If I Believe My Pet Has An Allergy? You will want to bring your pet in for an evaluation right away. Owners with good intentions trying to treat their pets at home may find that the condition worsens to the point where their pet is lethargic, bleeding, or unable to eat. Speak to your vet about concerns you may have about any medications. It’s especially important to see a vet soon before the scratching leads to scarring on your pet.