Pets of any age or breed can suffer from allergies. At Monroe Veterinary Clinic, our vets have the tools they need to test for and treat various allergies in cats and dogs and help eliminate the other possible causes of these conditions.

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What are Allergies?

The most common causes of skin, ear, coat, and nail conditions in pets are food and environmental allergies.

Allergies can sometimes irritate your pet's gastrointestinal system or cause inflammation on their ears, skin, or other parts of their body. Allergy symptoms in cats and dogs can occasionally also be uncomfortable or painful.

When our veterinary team in Monroe detects allergies early, they can diagnose, and pinpoint the cause of these issues to develop an effective, customized plan to successfully manage the allergy. 

If you believe your cat or dog might have an allergy, schedule an appointment with our vets. We will conduct a comprehensive physical examination, test for various allergies, and eliminate other possible causes. We will work together with you to find a solution. 

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Types of Cat & Dog Allergies

There are several kinds of allergies pets can suffer from that can trigger a reaction, including: 

  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis

    Sometimes in pets, a flea's saliva can trigger an allergic reaction that could cause flea allergy dermatitis. This can result in extremely itchy skin (especially at the base of their tail). You might notice their skin becoming inflamed, red, and scabbed. Other signs of fleas include flea dirt (feces), and you might see the fleas themselves. 

  • Food Allergies

    Did you know food allergies or sensitivities can make your pet's skin itchy? If you find your pet scratching at their ears or paws, along with potential gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or a combination of both, contact your vet. 

    It's essential to understand the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities (intolerances). Unlike food allergies, food sensitivities are a gradual reaction to a specific ingredient such as wheat, milk, beef, or chicken. 

    Symptoms can include anything from itchiness and chronic infections in the ear or foot, to diarrhea and vomiting. True food allergies trigger an immune response that can cause skin conditions such as facial swelling and hives.

  • Environmental Allergens

    Atopic dermatitis or atopic allergic reactions can be brought on by environmental allergens, such as dust, pollen, or mold. Seasonal allergies could also be a frustrating problem, as they might only affect your cat or dog during certain seasons or times of the year.

    Similar to food allergies, look at your pet's paws and ears for hints that they could be suffering from environmental allergies. Also do a quick check of the muzzle, around the eyes, wrists, underarms, ankles, and between toes.

Allergy Symptoms in Pets

Depending on what is causing your pet's allergy, the symptoms they display could vary. These symptoms can include:

  • Head shaking and/or scratching (one or both)
  • Patchy, itchy, or flaky skin
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Hair loss
  • Respiratory congestion

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