Dogs and Cats Can Suffer from Allergies Just Like Humans

Did you know that cats and dogs can suffer from allergies, just like humans?

Did you realize that your pets’ allergies are more likely to manifest during the human allergy season, a time of year when pollen and other allergens in the environment can cause distress and irritation for human and animal allergy sufferers alike.

Although pet allergies can be present year-round, the spring allergy season can particularly affect allergic pets with agonizing symptoms such as constant itching, scratching and licking, and resulting skin inflammation and irritation.

Pets can be affected by the same seasonal allergens, such as pollen, as people.

DOGS

Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common allergic skin diseases in dogs, and is estimated to affect 10 to 15 percent of dogs. It is caused by hypersensitivity to environmental allergens such as house dust mites, pollen and mold spores, which stimulate an exaggerated immune response in affected animals and can lead to recurrent itching, scratching and licking and resulting in skin irritation or lesions. This disease is chronic, recurrent and requires lifelong management.

CATS

Allergic dermatitis is among the top ten reasons that pet owners take their cat to the vet. It is also caused by hypersensitivity to environmental allergens such as house dust mites, pollen and mold spores. Cats with allergic dermatitis are itchy but, unlike dogs, it can sometimes be more difficult to identify if a cat is itching. Pruritus (itching) often manifests in cats as frequent grooming/licking, chewing and sometimes scratching. However, cats can be secretive and find a quiet place to lick and groom making it more difficult for pet owners to recognize the condition.

It’s vital for owners to recognize the importance of the most common signs of pet allergy, including scratching more than usual, licking the same area excessively, hair loss and skin rash.

Through increased awareness, your vet can go on to correctly diagnose the cause, reduce your pet’s suffering, relieve itchiness and skin lesions as efficiently and safely as possible, and improve your pet’s quality of life.

If your pet is suffering from an allergy, your vet can help.