When your pet suffers from allergies, you may not identify the signs until the allergies have caused severe health problems. If you believe that allergies are causing problems with your dog or cat, then bring them to Normandale Veterinary Hospital.

 

Our medical experts can perform a wide range of tests to determine what allergies your pet is suffering from and provide the treatment to alleviate their pain and suffering. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a specialist or have any questions, please contact us at 952-831-8272.

 

Identifying Pet Allergies

Allergies affect pets in different ways. Therefore, your dog or cat may suffer from a specific allergy.

 

The leading causes of allergies reactions include fleas, food reactions, environmental concerns, and hygiene products.

Fleas

Fleas are the leading cause and carrier of allergies. Fleas transfer diseases and allergens through the blood, saliva, and feces. Fleas gather on an animal's body, multiply quickly, and spread diseases throughout the pet's body.

 

The good news is that flea infestation and the allergies fleas create are easy to treat with the right medication. It is also possible to prevent fleas from invading your pet.

Food Reactions

Pets are supposed to eat food that is created for animals. If you give your pet human food, you may discover that the pet reacts to it negatively. In most cases, pets react to table food by throwing it up or suffering from diarrhea.

 

Some allergic reactions may include rashes, hives, itching, swelling, or fatigue. Although most allergic reactions are harmless and will pass in time, some spices or herbs will cause severe reactions.

 

Environmental Conditions

If your dog or cat spends much time outside, they may succumb to environmental conditions. Pollen, flowers, individual plants, bee stings, or other common environmental factors may cause your pet to suffer from an allergic reaction.

 

Environmental factors inside the home can also cause a reaction. If you use cleaning chemicals, aerosols, or other toxins, they may affect your pet's skin, or worse, your dog or cat may ingest the chemicals. In many cases, the allergic reaction may be severe.

 

If you believe that your pet is suffering from a chemical-related allergic reaction, you should probably bring it to our veterinary hospital right away.

Hygiene Products

If you've ever tried to wash your pets with soaps or shampoos that are designed for humans, you may find that they do not respond to it well. Chemical allergies can cause skin rashes, itching, watery eyes, and many other skin conditions.

 

If you are unsure what soap or hygiene product to apply to your pet, then ask your Normandale Veterinary Hospital physician. We may recommend products specifically designed for your breed of dog or cat.

Common Allergies for Dogs

While there is some overlap in potential allergies for cats and dogs, certain items and environmental factors are more likely to impact one or the other.

 

For dogs, some of the common allergies include protein, grass, and other natural plants.

Dog Protein Allergies

While your dog could be allergic to other food items, many people don't realize that they tend to be allergic to a specific animal protein. So, it's sometimes a matter of switching to dog food with a different protein base. This could be chicken, eggs, beef, etc.

Grass & Other Plants

Your pup probably loves to go outside, but like humans, they can be allergic to pollen. Even grass and plants in your backyard can trigger allergies in your dog.

Common Allergies for Cats

There is some overlap between dog and cat allergies, but if you have a cat, pay attention to these potential allergy causes.

Novel Protein

Similarly to dogs, cats are often allergic to the animal proteins in their food. If you've switched to a brand with a new protein they've never had before, such as duck, this could cause an issue.

 

Learn more about a healthy cat diet here.

Perfumes

Cats can be particularly sensitive to strong smells, such as perfumes or even candles. You may need to use these items more sparingly around your pet or not at all if you identify a specific cause.

Treatment Options for Your Pet's Allergies

After assessing what your pet is allergic to, the team at Normandale Vet Hospital will work with it to figure out a treatment plan. Most options are similar to how allergies in humans are treated.

 

We often recommend:

 

●        Nasal sprays

●        Eyedrops

●        Oral medications

●        Allergy shots

 

We will figure out the right option that helps your pet feel better.

Compassionate Allergy Relief for Your Pet in Minnesota

Allergies affect dogs and cats much in the same way as it does humans. Although your cat or dog is susceptible to a broad spectrum of allergies, most of these conditions are treatable by a Normandale Vet Hospital specialist.

 

By bringing your pet to our clinic, we can ensure their allergies are taken care of, and your pet is restored to good health. It's best not to ignore your pet when it is suffering.

 

 If you need emergency care or would like to schedule an appointment for medical treatment, call us at 952-831-8272. You can message us on our contact page.