Allergic Pets and Allergic People!
Pets with skin problems account for more than 20% of the visits to the family veterinarian. Sleuth, the Reporter Dog, has scratched out a few interesting tidbits about pet allergies from the Veterinary News Network.
- Pets will allergies will most often show signs such as itchy skin, reddened ears, or constant chewing and scratching at the skin.
- Unlike people, pets don’t have a lot of histamine receptors in their airways, so sneezing and sniffling is not a problem for pets.
- Even in the winter, fleas are one of the top reasons for itchy pets. Even if you aren’t seeing fleas, don’t discount them.
- Other common reasons for itchy pets include allergies to airborne substances, such as pollen and mold spores. The medical terminology for this type of allergy is known as “atopy”.
- Finally, food allergies are actually quite common in pets. It takes time for a food allergy to develop and are not due to recent diet changes. Pets are usually allergic to the major protein or carbohydrate sources in the diet.
- Your veterinarian may use anti-histamines or steroids for mild cases of itchiness. But, you should be aware that allergies are not something that can be cured, only managed.
- Veterinary dermatologists are also available and may have additional diagnostic and treatment resources on hand to help you and your pet.
- Bookmark www.MyVNN.com as your guide to the latest animal health information on the Internet.