Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment For Pets' Allergies
Many of us are unaware of the symptoms of allergies exhibited by our pets. They show different reactions depending on the type of allergy. It’s important that we detect these symptoms very early. Otherwise, they may suffer their entire lives. Typically theses symptoms worsen as they get older. If you know the signs and symptoms of these allergies, you can relieve them from their suffering and pain. Here are a few signs you should look for.
1. Itchy Skin
Your pets with allergies are usually very itchy. This is the very first sign you should look for. It happens because histamine is released when their immune system attacks the allergen. Eyes, feet, ears, groin, and armpits are the most affected areas. To alleviate the irritation, your pet may rub his body against furniture or the wall. Excessive head shaking, feet biting, bottom scooting, and face rubbing are not good signs. Also, there may be runny discharge from eyes or nose.
2. Skin Infection
As they scratch, their skin may get damaged and it becomes inflamed and tender. This may even lead to secondary infections. Sometimes, yeast grows rapidly on their damaged skin and it will aggravate their itching. Your pet will be stinky because of these yeast infections. If you notice hair loss or open scars, then it’s time to give special care to your pets.
3. Ear And Feet Infections
The ears and feet of pets with seasonal allergies are easily affected. You can see their ear canals becoming itchy and getting inflamed. Aggressive head shaking, a foul smell or discharge coming from the ears, and hair loss around the ears are other symptoms associated with it. They may also get infected with bacteria or yeast. Allergens sometimes hold on tightly to the paws of dogs and cats as they sweat a lot on this area. Because of this irritation, they may often lick or chew at their feet. This could lead to secondary infection on the feet.
How To Treat Pet Allergies
1. Choose A Healthy Diet
An anti-inflammatory diet is what your pets need when they suffer from allergies. A diet with genetically modified ingredients or high carbohydrates could trigger allergies. Look for a low grain diet. Cutting down extra sugar will also be a great move. Sometimes, dysbiosis or leaky gut, which allows undigested food particles and other potential toxins to enter the bloodstream, causes seasonal allergies. Antibiotic overdose can lead to such a condition. Another reason for leaky gut is your pet’s highly processed diet. Go for a balanced diet and species-appropriate nutrition to relieve the symptoms.
2. Fatty Acid Boost
Incorporate more of omega-3 fatty acids into your pet’s diet. It restricts the overreaction of your pet’s immune system to allergies. Salmon, tuna, krill, and sardine oil are the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Coconut oil is also a good option for your pets. The anti-fungal properties of lauric acid can kill yeast production in your pet’s body.
3. Avoid Vaccines And Drugs
As we know, vaccines act on the immune system. So it is vital to avoid any such interference in your allergic pets’ body as their immune system is already overreacting. Additionally, you can consult with a veterinarian regarding the need for an intermittent detoxification program to flush out toxins from their body.
4. Reduce Allergens
Mites, molds, pollen, and grass are the most common allergens. Keep your surroundings allergen-free. An air purifier is a good idea to clean allergens inside the house. Ensure that you vacuum your carpets, upholstery, and rugs. Also, keep your windows closed during allergy season and dust often with a damp cloth. And of course, wash your pets once a week and wash bedding with hot water. Take necessary steps to clean their feet when they come in from the yard. Because pets who go outside are accompanied by millions of allergens. If your pets complain of itchy feet, try using foot soaks.
5. Improve Water Quality
As part of the treatment, it’s crucial to check the quality of water. Make sure that your pets drink pure water without any chemicals. Filtering their drinking water is very important to avoid frequent episodes of allergies.
Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.