Allergies

Protecting Your Pet from Allergies

Allergic reactions are concerning when we suffer them, now imagine what it’s like for our pets who don’t fully understand what’s happening. If you live in Indianapolis or the surrounding area and your pet is suffering from an allergic reaction, contact Avalon Animal Clinic for assistance.

Although we can help after your pet reacts, prevention is always better than a cure. While we are indeed ready to treat any pet that is suffering from an allergic reaction, we want to first educate pet owners so that they can avoid this problem altogether.

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Symptoms of a Dog Having an Allergic Reaction

One of the most common signs of a canine allergic reaction is itchiness. The itchiness may not necessarily be localized to one area. Your dog’s ears and eyes may all become itchy. Sneezing is another sign that there’s something wrong and the same can be said for some parts of the dog’s body swelling up. Some of the symptoms of a canine allergic reaction are more concerning. Diarrhea and vomiting are also potential warning signs and if they persist, your pet could soon become dehydrated.

Symptoms of a Cat Having an Allergic Reaction

Remarkably, the feline symptoms of an allergic reaction are quite similar to what a dog may exhibit. Increased itchiness may also be experienced by a cat having an allergic reaction. Much like with dogs, the itchiness can be felt throughout the body. The cat’s paws are the body parts that are most susceptible to swelling.

Cats that have had their allergies triggered may also start to sneeze uncontrollably, though if your pet has asthma, he or she may have a coughing fit instead. Diarrhea and vomiting can also affect cats that are having an allergic reaction.

The Allergens That Affect Pets

Now that we’ve identified some of the common symptoms of pets having allergic reactions, let’s turn our attention to the actual allergens to avoid. Fleas are among the main culprits of pet allergies. That’s why grooming and bathing your pet regularly is an excellent idea.

Food is another possible trigger for pets. If your pet has an adverse reaction to something you gave him or her, it may be best to avoid that food item moving forward.  You can go to a veterinary clinic to ask if the treat you gave your pet was problematic.

Also, note that pets can be allergic to certain houseplants and some common cooking ingredients so be mindful of what items in your home can be easily accessed by your cat or dog. Environmental allergens including dust, mold, and smoke must also be kept away from pets.

Help With Pet Allergies in Indianapolis

If you believe that your pet is having an allergic reaction, do not hesitate to visit a veterinary clinic right away. If you live in Indianapolis or the surrounding community, and your furry little friend is suffering from allergies, call Avalon Animal Clinic for assistance at (317) 842-4618.

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