Whether it’s sneezing or a runny nose, it’s generally quite easy for people to tell if someone else is suffering from allergies. However, when it comes to pets, the signs may not be immediately apparent. Since we’re in the business of helping pet owners ensure that their dogs and cats are able to enjoy the highest quality of life by eating great pet food, we want to share what we know about identifying pet allergies:
1. Chronic Scratching
It’s not unusual to see a dog or cat scratching part of its body. But scratching shouldn’t happen on a persistent basis. If it does, there’s a very good chance the scratching is related to allergies. The big giveaway is when a pet always seems to scratch itself after coming back inside.
2. Skin That’s Red and Irritated
If you have any reason to think that your pet is dealing with an allergy problem, the next sign you can look for is skin that’s red and irritated. Common spots to check for irritation include your pet’s belly, ears and between its toes. Even if you haven’t noticed your pet scratching, irritated skin can be a sign that an allergen or other irritant is bothering your pet.
3. Excessive Licking or Face Rubbing
When a pet is dealing with allergies, many of the behaviors we’re covering happen over and over again. While cats are especially known for spending a lot of time cleaning themselves by licking, a cat suffering from allergies will lick almost compulsively. The stomach and paws are the two most common sites of excessive licking linked to allergies. Another excessive behavior that can indicate allergies is face rubbing. If you notice your pet rubbing its face against a surface like the couch over and over again, chances are it’s due to itchiness caused by allergies.
4. Hot Spots and/or Hair Loss
Hot spots can occur when skin continues to be exposed to an allergen. We offer a skin spray to help combat itchiness and discomfort. Hair loss on a hot spot or another part of a pet’s body can also indicate that your pet is suffering from allergies.
While you probably can’t eliminate the source of the allergic trigger, you can help your pet by providing great food to boost its natural immune system and skin spray to alleviate some of the itching.
For more information on pets or to try one of our formulas, please contact Pet Wants Columbus North at: 614-980-6351.