The Pet Hospital of Madison treats many pets for allergies each year. Pet allergies are expressed as reactions in the pet’s skin and ears. Allergic symptoms are the most common reason for veterinary visits according to Veterinary Pet Insurance.

Allergy Symptoms in Pets

Both dog allergies and cat allergies are common and result in symptoms such as:

  • Head shaking
  • Rashes or hot spots
  • Bald patches
  • Licking, biting, or chewing at skin
  • Scabs
  • Dandruff
  • Odor to the skin or ears
  • Chronic ear infections

The Pet Hospital of MadisonCauses of Allergies in Pets

Identifying the source of the allergy and avoiding it is the best way to treat allergies in pets. Some common allergens include:

  • Dust mites
  • Grasses
  • Pollens
  • Molds
  • Fleas and other biting insects
  • Food or drug allergies
  • Shampoos
  • Cleaning agents
  • Cigarette smoke

What to Do

The best course of action when you see symptoms of skin irritation is to make an appointment to see one of our veterinarians. We can evaluate your pet’s condition and determine if allergies or another dermatological pet condition is causing the problem.

Depending on the allergen causing the reaction, many different treatments are available for pets, including eliminating or avoiding the allergen, as in the case of fleas or irritation due to a shampoo, cleaning agent, or other specific allergen. Special diets are available for pets that have food allergies, and pharmaceutical options are available for almost all other types of allergies.

The Pet Hospital of Madison will partner with you to control pet allergies and to keep your dog or cat comfortable. If you have any questions about the symptoms you are seeing or your pet’s allergies, please contact our friendly staff.

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