Allergies happen when the body’s immune system overreacts to a foreign substance. Both humans and pets can develop allergies. There are many types of allergies that pets can experience, including skin, environmental, and food allergies. It may be difficult to tell at first what is causing the reaction, as many of the symptoms can apply to any of these allergy types. If your pet is suffering from allergies contact our veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Bentonville.
Many times, what seems to be a food allergy is just an intolerance to a certain food or an ingredient in the food. If a food is causing an allergic reaction, it can cause a host of symptoms. These symptoms include itchy skin, swelling of the face, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, or any combination. It’s rare, but a pet can go into anaphylactic shock from a food allergy, similar to the way humans with severe food allergies react to them. This involves severe swelling of the face and difficulty with breathing.
Several allergies can cause skin symptoms in your pet. These include dermatitis from a flea bite, food allergies, and allergens found in the environment. All of these factors can cause the skin to itch, red patches of skin, and swelling in the areas that are affected. Determining what the allergy is can be difficult, as it may be virtually anything your pet has encountered.
These allergies have overlapping symptoms with the other types, often causing skin itchiness and redness. They often cause a runny nose, sneezing, watery or red eyes, an itchy nose and eyes, nasal congestion, a cough, and an itchy throat as well. To identify the cause of this reaction, our veterinarian will have you retrace your steps and locate anything that has recently been introduced to your pet’s surroundings.
Contact Your Bentonville Veterinarian
If you live in or around Bentonville, AR, and your pet is suffering from allergies, call Animal Hospital of Bentonville today at 479-364-0340 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. We will provide a thorough examination and develop a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate your pet’s allergies.