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Pet Skin Allergies Your Veterinarian in Winnipeg Can Help

Pets often deal with skin allergies, just as people do. It is possible for foods or other allergens to cause an allergic reaction in your pet. Pet skin allergies are very common, and it is important to find out what is causing your pet’s skin symptoms. If your pet is displaying the symptoms of skin allergies, your veterinarian can help you find the root cause of the problem.

Food Allergies

Food allergies often cause skin reactions in pets. Immune-mediated reactions and food intolerances are the common causes of food allergies. Dermatologic food reactions often result in excessive itching, which may cause your pet to begin scratching. Along with skin reactions, food allergies may cause other symptoms as well, such as diarrhea, vomiting, and excessive gut sounds.

If your pet is suffering from a food allergy, your vet may prescribe a food elimination diet and a food challenge to figure out the specific ingredient causing the skin allergies.

Other Potential Allergies

Beyond food allergies, other allergens have the potential to cause negative skin reactions in your pet as well. Common allergens that may result in dermatologic symptoms include:

  • Mold spores
  • Fleas
  • Plastic or rubber materials
  • Feathers
  • Dander
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Grass, weed, and tree pollens
  • Insecticidal shampoos
  • Cleaning products
  • Perfumes
  • Certain fabrics

Since so many allergens have the potential to cause an allergic reaction in your pet, it is often difficult to figure out the root cause of the allergy.

Skin Allergy Symptoms

How can you tell if your pet is dealing with skin allergies? The following are a few common symptoms of a skin allergy: 

  • Scabbed, moist, red, or itchy skin
  • An increase in scratching
  • Swollen paws or paw chewing
  • Itching ears, back, or base of tail
  • Constant licking
  • Skin plaques
  • Scaly skin
  • Thick, leathery patches of skin
  • Hives
  • Large wheals on the skin
  • Darkening of the skin

If your pet displays any of the symptoms of skin allergies, it is important to see your local veterinarian. They will look at your pet’s medical history, do a physical exam, and perform tests to find the cause of the allergic reaction.

In some cases, it may be possible to remove allergens from your pet’s environment. However, if the allergen cannot be removed from the environment, medications may be prescribed to control the skin allergy. Allergy injections, antihistamines, immune modulating drugs, flea prevention products, and other medications may be prescribed.

Skin allergies can be very uncomfortable for your pet, so make sure you get your pet the treatment they need as quickly as possible. Skin allergies can be effectively treated, and our clinic will work with you to ensure your pet begins feeling better quickly.

If you think your pet is dealing with a skin allergy, call our clinic today to set up an appointment.