How do you know if your cat or dog is suffering from skin allergies? These warmer months often bring many causes for skin irritation – fleas love this weather, and pollen fills the air. But when is a skin problem actually an allergy?
Some signs in dogs are obvious – itching, scratching, redness – but some may not be. So, look out for:
Cats are a bit different but may show the following signs:
Twenty percent of dogs with food allergies will have both a skin irritation as well as vomiting and diarrhoea. Dogs that are allergic to a plant or pollen may only itch in the warmer months, when these plants are going to seed and pollen is rife. A dog allergic to something in his diet will tend to itch all year round.
To make things more complex, a good proportion of itchy dogs have multiple triggers for their skin problems.
When it comes to allergic skin disease, the most important messages are:
Come and have a consult with us and we can put together a management plan for your cat or dog’s skin problems.