Summer brings a host of plants, insects and different weather. Just thinking about it is enough to make us sneeze! And, just like us, pets have a number of common allergies that can flare up as the seasons change. Understanding common pet allergies can help you recognize symptoms and know when it is time to consult your vet. So, what are the most common pet allergies?
Many pets have food allergies that may be hard to recognize. Cats and dogs can be intolerant to grains, including wheat, soy and corn. Symptoms can manifest as anything from itchiness, excessive skin licking, hair loss, gastrointestinal issues and more. Supreme Source pet food is grain free, making it a great option for pets with grain sensitivities.
Fleas are not only pesky bugs, they can also cause allergic reactions for some pets. The most common symptom of a flea allergy is itchiness, but in some cases hair loss and scabbing can occur. If you suspect your dog or cat is having an allergic reaction to fleas, it is best to consult your vet.
Environmental allergens, such as dust, pollen and mold, are usually seasonal. During seasons where the allergens are high, you may notice your pet itching more than usual. The most commonly affected areas are the paws and ears. If your pet is scratching too hard, he can hurt himself so managing seasonal environmental allergies is important.
Additional Allergies to Consider
The most common pet allergies are food and environmental, however there are a number of other allergens your pet can experience. Some include:
- Trees and grass
- Cigarette smoke
- Prescription drugs
- Cleaning products
If you think your pet may be allergic to something, talk to your vet. They will be able to test your pet and help pinpoint exactly what is causing trouble. Allergies can be treated, and many allergens can be avoided.