Allergy FAQs

It’s not uncommon for pets to have allergies, just like people. Pet allergies can manifest as skin problems, uncontrollable itching and scratching, redness in face or feet, sneezing and coughing, and digestive problems. If your pet is showing unusual symptoms and you’re not sure what’s wrong, contact Cedar Grove Animal Hospital for a checkup. These FAQs from your Mission B.C. veterinarian explain more about pet allergy causes, symptoms, and treatment.

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What can dogs and cats be allergic to?

Flea bites often cause the most allergic reactions in dogs and cats. Your pet may also be allergic to chemicals in household products, grooming products, allergens in his environment (dust, pollen, grasses, etc.) or certain food products in his diet.

What are some common symptoms of allergies in pets?

The first symptom you’ll notice is excessive itching and scratching. Your pet may scratch nonstop around his face, paws, ears, or body. Uncontrollable scratching can lead to open sores, skin infections, and fur loss. Your pup may show signs of watery eyes, redness in his paws or face, or sneezing. Food allergies may cause wheezing, vomiting, or diarrhea in your pet. If your pet suffers from constant ear infections, it may be due to allergies as well.

What can trigger an allergic reaction in my pet?

Flea saliva is a common trigger for pets with allergies, and causes excessive itching and scratching. Your pet’s skin may become dry, flaky, and scaly. Your pet may also develop open sores. Environmental allergies may be triggered by pollen, dust, mold, and certain types of plants or grasses. Your pet may have a reaction to chemicals in pet products or household cleansers when these products come into contact with his skin.

How do veterinarians diagnose pet allergies?

If you suspect your pet is suffering from an allergy, bring him to our animal hospital right away, especially if he’s experiencing severe symptoms. Our emergency vet will review his symptoms and conduct an exam to determine if allergies are the cause of his condition. We’ll also perform skin, urine, and blood tests to confirm an allergy diagnosis. For food allergies, our veterinarian may put your pet on an elimination diet to see what’s causing his symptoms.  

How are pet allergies treated?

Although there’s no cure for allergies, there are measures that can be taken to manage your pet’s symptoms. You can change your pet’s diet, grooming products, or the household products you use to avoid exposure to the allergen triggering his symptoms. We may also recommend medications to manage symptoms.

See Your Mission B.C. Emergency Vet for Pet Allergy Treatment

To schedule an appointment for diagnosis and treatment of allergies in your kit or pup, contact Cedar Grove Animal Hospital in Mission B.C. at 604-820-8552.