Warmer weather and moisture can cause a flare up in both human and pet allergies. Of course, your pet can’t tell you when something in their environment is irritating them. Luckily, we speak pet and we’re here to help you know what to look for when it comes to pet allergy symptoms.
Pets with allergic sensitivities may suffer needlessly with excessive itching or may be given improper treatment if their allergies are not recognized and diagnosed. Our hospital routinely tests dogs and cats for sensitivity to a wide array of allergens ranging from insects and grasses to trees and molds. After eliminating various causes of itching, such as parasites, foods, and infectious agents, testing for inhalant allergens through blood testing is the next logical diagnostic tool. Additionally, at Strawbridge Animal Care, we are familiar with the Virginia Beach area’s most common antigens that cause allergies in pets and can refer you to a board-certified dermatologist for more advanced diagnostics or treatment if needed.
What is involved in allergy testing?
- Blood tests require two weeks for results.
- You may need to temporarily suspend certain pet medications prior to testing.
Here’s what to look for:
1. Biting and licking their skin
Watch your pets closely as they lounge around the house – if you notice them biting their arms and paws or licking themselves in a manner that is in excess of normal licking, they may be suffering from allergies. If they lick and bite too much, the open wounds can become infected, causing further skin issues to flare up.
2. Uncontrollable itching
Itching is a clear indicator that your pet is having a flare up of skin issues, such as allergies. If your pets seem to be itching themselves more frequently and intensely than usual, there is a good chance they are suffering from allergies. Be sure to watch out for an excess of scratching near the face and armpits.
3. Multiple ear infections
If you’re in the office for multiple ear infections, that is usually a sign of allergy issues with your pet. Be sure to look for redness, bumps, scabs, and even do a smell test in the ear. If you notice an odor, it’s an ear infection.