5 Signs Your Pet May Have an Allergy

For pets, allergies can occur during any time of the year. Some owners may think since their pet is not sneezing, they do not have allergies. Here are 5 signs your pet may display when they have an allergy!

  1. Scratch that itch! Itching is the main symptom owners notice but may not always associate with an allergy issue. The areas pets may scratch most frequently are their muzzle, legs and stomach. Sometimes excess scratching can cause secondary infections such as hot spots, scabs or fur loss.  
  2. Ears and Rears! If your pet is constantly scratching at their ears or rubbing their rear end, this can be indicative of a food allergy. Food allergies can also cause GI upset such as loose stool or vomiting.
  3. Acute allergic reactions can occur in pets! Just like people, pets can have acute allergic reactions which if severe enough can cause them to go into anaphylactic shock. Bug stings and vaccine reactions are two of the main causes of allergic reactions. Pets may develop hives or have facial swelling in response to this type of allergy, which can usually be taken care of easily by your veterinarian with an antihistamine.
  4. Human-like Allergy Symptoms! Both cats and dogs may have itchy, watery eyes when they have allergy issues. Dogs may also have a runny nose or snort. Cats may sneeze, cough, wheeze or snore. These are all similar allergy symptoms that we may display!
  5. Check your pets’ paws! When your pet has an allergy, they may lick or chew at their paws or paw pads. This also may cause their paws to become swollen. If your pet continues to go after their paws, it can cause irritation or create a hot spot.

If you have any further questions or are concerned your pet may be experiencing allergy issues, please call us at: (773) 327-4446.

Sources: Vetstreet, AKC and Zoetis

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.