Just as with humans, pets can get a wide range of allergies. A pet may get an allergy to something that they eat, inhale, or absorb with the skin. There are potential allergens everywhere that can affect your pet's health and create an allergic reaction. Pet allergies can cause a lower quality of life for pets who may have a wide range of symptoms. It's generally important to try to find out the cause of the allergy if you can. You may need to see a veterinarian to help narrow down what the allergen is and to get your pet treated for the allergy. When you need a vet for your pet's allergy issues, call us for Granada Veterinary Clinic serving Mission Hills, CA, to schedule a time.
What Is an Allergen?
An allergen is a protein that causes a reaction for a pet. The allergen creates an effect on the cells that are located in the respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract, or in the skin to create the effects. Once these cells have been stimulated, they work to release inflammatory substances such as histamine, and this creates the response to the allergen. After a pet has been exposed to an allergen, the allergic reaction may happen in just a few minutes, but it may be a few hours or even days before the allergic reaction is apparent.
What Are My Pet's Possible Allergens?
If your pet has developed an allergy to something, it's a good idea to think about anything they may have been exposed to that is new. This can include a new detergent you have used on their blanket or toys. Often, the allergy is to something that they have seated such as a new pet food or some table scraps. This is often an allergy to a specific protein in a food such as eggs, dairy, beef, wheat, etc. It may also be pollen from trees or grass or other plants. Mold spores in the air is another common allergen, as is saliva from a flea bite. Fleas are highly allergenic and often cause allergy symptoms in pets. The pet may also be allergic to house dust or wool.
What Are the Symptoms of Pet Allergies?
If your pet has an allergic reaction, you may see red areas on their skin as well as inflammation and itchiness. The eyelids, face, ears, or lips may swell up. The pet may sneeze a lot, vomit, or have diarrhea. They may also scratch at their ears.
Visit a Veterinarian on Our Team
When you have a pet who may be suffering from allergies, have them see a veterinarian on our team. Call us at (818) 361-0125 for Granada Veterinary Clinic serving Mission Hills, CA, to schedule an exam for your pet.