Skin allergies (allergic dermatitis) are pretty common for pets such as cats and dogs. However, many pet owners do not know much about allergies in pets, and thus, their pets tend to suffer for long periods without help. At Kindred Care Pet Hospital, we offer exceptional veterinary services for cats and dogs in and around Richmond, TX.
There are three primary causes of allergic dermatitis in pets. They are:
Flea allergy dermatitis: This is an allergy to fleabites, where the pet is allergic to flea saliva
Food allergies: Some pets have an allergic reaction to certain foods
Environmental allergens: Some pets have an atopic allergic dermatitis to dust, mold, and pollen
Below are signs Dr. Fidelis recommends that you look for to know if your pet has allergies:
1. Persistent Skin Licking, Chewing, and Scratching
Allergic dermatitis usually causes continuous irritation throughout your pet’s body, making it very uncomfortable. As a result, you will observe your cat or dog express this unending discomfort by persistently licking, chewing, and scratching their bodies. You might also notice patches or rashes emerging across their body. Take your pet to an animal hospital for examination when you see this.
2. Changes in Hair Coat
The hair coat on your pet will look superb if the animal is healthy. However, if you notice changes in the hair coat, this could indicate allergic dermatitis. The indications to look for include skin scaling, rashes, dandruff, and hair loss. Keep in mind that changes in hair coat can also indicate other ailments like internal parasite infestation. That’s why you should seek professional veterinary care immediately to determine the cause of the change in hair coat.
3. Gastrointestinal (GI) Upsets
If the allergic reaction your pet is having is a result of something it ate, then it will have gastrointestinal upsets. This is because the food will irritate their digestive system. GI upsets can manifest as a consistently rumbling stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Richmond, TX
If you are in or around Richmond and have observed any of the symptoms we have mentioned, it is time to get the professional care your furry friend needs to make a speedy recovery. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fidelis at Kindred Care Pet Hospital by calling our team today at (281) 265-0009 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.