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There are four main types of allergies that pets suffer from: environmental, flea, food and contact. Some of the symptoms that pets can exhibit include itching, scratching, biting, chewing, licking, red skin, hot spots, scabs, runny nose, watery eyes, ear infections, vomiting and diarrhea.
Environmental allergies occur when a pet’s immune system reacts to substances found in the environment such as grasses, trees, pollen and dust mites. Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid allergens, but there are some things you can try to help relieve the symptoms that your pet may be experiencing:
Wipe down your dog to remove allergens after a walk. Pet grooming wipes (particularly hypo-allergenic ones) work well when a bath isn’t possible.
Give your dog or cat pet supplements to help boost his immune system. I’d recommend NuVet Pet Supplements. It’s a reputable company that offers a 60 day money back guarantee. The tablets are chewable and the dogs and cats think they’re a treat. They also offer the supplement in a powdered form as well. To order, call 1-800-474-7044 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST). Please use order code 25421 when you place your order. This indicates that you heard about NuVet from Double J Dog Grooming.
Try medicated spray treatments. Spraying your dog with the medicated spray might help ease any itching he’s experiencing. You can purchase these products at your local pet store.
Consult your veterinarian about anti-histamines or other medications you can try for your pet.
Allergies to fleas
Allergies to fleas is called flea bite dermatitis. When a flea bites your pet, it leaves behind saliva containing itch-causing enzymes and other compounds which causes an allergic reaction in some pets. If it continues long enough, your pet’s skin may also become red and sore, and it may eventually result in mild to severe hair loss. Immediate treatment with flea control products is necessary to rid your pet of the fleas and this subsequent problem.
Food allergies are a little more complicated to overcome. Trying to determine just what ingredients your pet is allergic to takes some time and effort. The best thing you can do for your pet is to feed him a high quality pet food that doesn’t contain any corn, wheat, soy or sugar. These four ingredients are the main cause of food allergies in pets. The better foods are more expensive, but they are by far much more healthy for your pet. In a worst case scenario, you might need to try a limited ingredient diet for awhile in order to pinpoint what ingredients your pet can or can’t tolerate. Your veterinarian and the local pet store can aide you in deciding what food is best to try for your furry friend.
Contact dermatitis is when a dog or cat makes physical contact with a chemical or other irritating substance and has a negative reaction to it. In these cases, seek treatment from your veterinarian to reduce the symptoms your pet is experiencing.