Posted on January 10, 2017
We know that people can suffer from allergies to pets, dogs or cats that live in our home. But did you know that your pet can also suffer from allergies?
In this article we share a different approach, showing that our “4-legged friends” are also subject to having allergies and can suffer from them. Allergies can affect dogs, cats, birds, rodents and other pets, but statistics on how many animals who suffer from allergies vary widely between studies, starting at 4% and up to 35%.
The analysis of numbers has been made showing that the main allergies that present in dogs and cats are: allergic dermatitis to saliva of parasites (for example, allergy to the flea bite that leads to eruptions and itching on the spot), dermatitis Atopic and food allergies.
CONTACT DERMATITIS – Presents as itchy skin lesions, red bumps or blisters and can also cause hair loss in chronic conditions. Contact dermatitis can be the result of allergies to carpets, cleaners and plastics and can also be from environmental agents such as house dust mites.
FOOD ALLERGIES – They result from a reaction of the immune system to certain proteins present in foods and dyes. The symptoms are the same as the other allergies: incessant itching, ear problems and skin infections.
ATOPY – It is the most common form of allergy in dogs and cats. Atopy is often seasonal and can affect your pet during the spring months and even in the fall if your pet is allergic to ragweed. If your pet is allergic to dust mites then your pet may be most affected in winter as they tend to spend more time inside your home.
Allergic reactions can be so severe that the animal stops playing, sleeping or eating, to scratch. Whenscratching is left untreated, it can result in wounds to the affected sites, accompanied by itching and loss of hair in the region, with increased risk of infections.
It is also advisable that the owner of the animal be aware of the frequent itching in the legs and feet.
RESPIRATORY ALLERGIES – although not being very common, should not be neglected.
Winter, with snow and rain causes increased air humidity in the home – and hence increased house dust and mites which can trigger, as in humans, respiratory problems in dogs and cats.
There are studies that also associate increased pollution with symptoms such as red and watery eyes, inflammation of nasal mucus and coughing that may advance if your pet already has some type of chronic respiratory disease, such as bronchitis or asthma. Therefore symptoms are more severe, withlack of air.
In general, the symptoms of allergies can appear between six months and two years of age of your pet. However, because some symptoms are very close, the diagnosis could take longer to determine.
Take your pet regularly to the vet! A specialist in “4-legged friends” should be consulted regularly, as each type of allergy has a treatment.
And if in some cases there is no cure, at least there are special care for the greater animal welfare and tranquility of the owners.
HOW TO BEST PREVENT AND PROTECT PETS TO ALLERGIES:
– Protect the pet throughout the year, using preventive medicines for fleas.
– Give your pets food that are free of dyes and if your pet presents an allergy to any of the food you offer – make the switch. Be sure your pet doesn’t consume foods that are not fit for consumption.
– Keep the environment free of dust to help reduce the amount of dust mites. Vacuum frequently and be sure to wash your laundry in water that is roughly 131° F. Do not forget to cover your mattresses and also wash them weekly.
– When bathing your pet, choose a hypoallergenic shampoos. Hypoallergenic products will not remove the skin’s fatty layer which also works as a natural protector to your pets coat. Use warm or cool water and always avoid hot water.
– If your animal has a very frequent itching that prevents it to carry out your activities, take it immediately to a veterinarian or a specialist in dermatology. Do not wait for your pet to lose fur and run the risk of having a more sever reaction.
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