How to tell if your pet has skin allergies

Our pets mean the world to us, and taking care of them can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. If your pet has skin allergies, it could be for a few different reasons, and knowing what may cause allergies can help ease or fix their problems. Here are some tips to tell if your pet has skin allergies.

It’s essential to know what your pet is allergic to. If you can find out what your pet is allergic to, you can remove the allergen or find a solution to minimize it. Some common allergens for pets include:

  • Fleas and Ticks
  • Food
  • Grass
  • Heat
  • Dust
  • Bug bites
  • Pollen
  • Mold Spores

While this is not the entire list of possible allergens, it is a good starting point to look for with your pet. 

Checking for some of these symptoms can help you see if your pet has a potential skin allergy; here are some signs to look for in your pet:

  • Itching (Itchy ears especially)
  • Excessive licking or chewing of paws
  • Biting or gnawing at the skin
  • Inflammation of skin
  • Hair loss
  • Rashes
  • Hives, bumps, or irregular marks on the body
  • Swollen paws or face

Skin allergies in pets don’t have to be through direct contact through some allergic reactions from bug bites, fleas, ticks are through direct contact, there are different ways for your pet to be introduced to the allergen. 

One way is through inhalation when your pet breathes in such things, such as pollen, dust, or other particles in the air that can cause an allergic reaction to your pet that can travel through your pet’s body. 

Another way is ingested, pets can be allergic to the ingredients in their food, or they might have eaten something that doesn’t agree with them. Food allergies can be handled by controlling the diet prescribed by your veterinarian. For more about food and grain allergies visit our other post more information. 

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If you see signs of possible skin allergies in your pet, the best course of action is to get a veterinarian visit as soon as possible so your pet may not suffer from it too long. If you have any questions about pet allergies, pet adoption, or vet visitations, contact Animal Medical Center to answer your questions. We serve pets in the Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Grand Chute, and the surrounding areas. Call 920-749-1717 or visit us at the Animal Medical Center of Appleton.