Allergies in pets commonly affect a cat or dog’s skin and coat. These are caused by a range of food, toxins and other environmental factors that are inhaled, ingested or have direct contact on the skin and coat. Effects can be mild, average or severe depending on how allergic your furbaby is to the allergen.

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Knowing how to deal with pet allergies and how to treat allergies in pets can save your furbaby a great deal of stress and trouble from developing further health issues. Get to know the common allergies in pets and how you can help your furbaby naturally resolve these issues:

  1. Atopic Dermatitis (Atopy)

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disease in pets. In some cases, it appears on the early onset, depending on the family history of your pet. Environmental allergens such as dander, pollen, mold spores and dust mites are some of the popular triggers that affect pets.

According to petmd, pets also experience symptoms such as: excessive itching, rubbing, licking, scratching, over grooming, rashes, sneezing, water eyes, paw chewing and skin inflammation. Manifestations on the skin typically appear in the following areas:

  • Ears
  • Wrists
  • Ankles
  • Muzzle
  • Underarms
  • Groin
  • Around the eyes
  • In between the toes

Unfortunately, there is no permanent treatment that will resolve this skin disease. The use of all-natural and organic products such as skin care and food products can help prevent symptom of atopy. These products are milder on the skin and contain no toxins and additives, making them safer for your furbaby.

Temporary relief medication may also be used under the guidance of your veterinarian. Consult your veterinarian regarding the best possible treatment for your furbaby.

  1. Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Parasites just can’t get enough! When fleas infect your furbaby, his skin becomes extremely itchy and if you think that’s bad enough – you’re wrong! Fleas also bite, causing flea allergies that can trigger an allergic reaction in some pets. Pets who have season allergies are more prone to flea allergy dermatitis than those do not have any allergies. 

Fleas commonly hide in dark, moist areas of your furbaby’s body such as:

  • Ears
  • Under the collar
  • Under the front legs
  • Elbows
  • Eyelids
  • The groin area
  • Under the tail, and
  • Between the toes.

Although fleas are more common in the summer, all year-round preventive measures using flea and tick solutions are recommended. Try spraying Wondercide Flea and Tick Control in your yard and garden, especially if your furbaby goes out often.

 Wondercide Flea and Tick Control

  1. Dandruff

Fluffy furbabies are the best until you rub and shake them down and flakes fall off as if it’s snowing. These tiny flakes are called dandruff – dead skin cells that typically result in dry, flaky or oily skin. It causes itchy skin, and in severe cases, result to scabbing, pimples, bumps, wounds, baldness or hair loss.

Food allergies in pets can contribute to dandruff, so provide a well-balanced diet with minerals andvitamins for pet allergies that support skin health (i.e. omega fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Zinc). You can opt to do 2 things: (1) keep a food diary to help determine the root cause of the allergies; and (2) try a range of pet food that are hypoallergenic (if we have this) to know which works best for your furbaby. Consult your veterinarian regarding your furbaby’s diet, especially if you’re unsure or making major changes in his diet.

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The use of toxic ingredients can cause dandruff, too. Use only organic and all-natural shampoos when giving your furbaby a bath as these are gentler and safer for the skin. A big no-no: human products on furbabies! These may result in further skin and coat damage due to strong and harsh chemicals.

  1. Hot Spots

Don’t wait to treat hot spots because they spread quite rapidly. Hot spots are skin rashes or lesions that manifest on the skin. They are typically inflamed, moist and hot; and usually appear on the following areas:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Rump
  • Hip
  • Trunk of the body.

Hot spots are more common in longhaired pet breeds. Allergens in food, pollen, grass, molds and contaminated water, among many others, are only a few of the causes of hot spots. Hot spots start as a simple itch, which leads your furbaby to uncontrollably bite, chew, lick and scratch the affected area. It’s best to seek treatment immediately to avoid bacterial contamination.

As pet parents, you can avoid hot spots by grooming your furbaby regularly. Things to remember when grooming: bathe thoroughly, dry your furbaby’s coat completely, brush coat, trim nails and check the skin for any problems or irritations.

For temporary relief, use products like Earthbath Hot Spot and Itch Relief Spritz and Ark Naturals Omega Mender Itch Ender to prevent your furbaby from biting, licking or scratching the hot spot.

Earthbath Hot Spot and Itch Relief Spritz

If you notice that the hot spot is not getting any better, contact your vet and schedule an appointment at the earliest possible time. He or she is best suited to prescribe the best treatment for hot spots in dogs and cats.

Conclusion

Allergies in pets become more manageable once you are aware of the allergens you should avoid. Now that you know how to deal with pet allergies and how to treat allergies in pets, the next step is to provide the proper care and support for skin and coat health such as all-natural and organic products from Bow and Wow, the first and only all-natural pet food store in the Philippines.

Remember: If you’re unsure or are planning to make major changes to your furbaby’s health, it’s always best to consult a veterinarian who is aware of your furbaby’s medical history.