Pet Allergies

Like humans, your pet can suffer from allergies. At Johnstown Veterinary Associates in Johnstown, PA, our veterinarian team can help diagnose and treat allergy symptoms. 


What Are the Common Signs of Allergies in Pets?

Signs similar to humans, your pet will have an allergic reaction after coming into contact with the allergen. Various allergens could affect your pet, such as food and environmental allergies. Once exposed, your pet can show symptoms like:

●             Itching and scratching: Allergies often cause skin irritation, leading pets to lick or paw at the irritated areas excessively.

●             Skin irritation: If skin irritation is severe, there may be visible symptoms like redness, inflammation, or more.

●             Sneezing or coughing: These are common symptoms of allergies in humans and can be seen in pets as well.

●             Diarrhea or vomiting: Food allergies can cause your pet to vomit or develop diarrhea after ingesting the allergen.

●             Behavioral changes: Since allergies can make your pet uncomfortable, behavioral changes are common. Your pet may also be more aggressive or irritable than usual.

What Causes Pet Allergies?

Triggers can vary, so it may be useful to have a trusted vet near you to identify the source of your pet’s allergic reactions. Food, environmental allergens, and parasites like fleas can all cause allergy symptoms. Allergy triggers your pet may have can include:

●             Pollen

●             Dust mites

●             Mold

●             Perfumes

●             Air fresheners

●             Grooming products

●             Insect bites

Pet Care for Allergies

If you notice your pet experiencing allergies, consider contacting a vet near you to diagnose and provide treatment. While pet allergies can’t be cured, we’ll find a way to limit their exposure and improve their symptoms, whether it means putting in an air filter to remove airborne allergens or regularly using flea shampoo to treat flea allergies.

Visiting a veterinarian also helps handle any symptoms that worsen. This is important because not treating allergies may lead to secondary infections or serious health issues. It’s recommended to monitor your pet for signs of significant allergic reaction. If your pet has a swollen face, pale gums, or shows signs of respiratory distress, it may be important to contact your vet right away.

Get Veterinarian Care from a Vet Near You for Pet Allergies Regular veterinary check-ups and monitoring can help keep allergy problems under control. If your pet has been sneezing or showing other symptoms of allergies, schedule an appointment with us at Johnstown Veterinary Associates in Johnstown, PA, by calling at (814) 536-5105. A vet near you is here to help