Your pet started scratching a few weeks ago. The first week, the scratching was minimal, but now the excessive activity is disrupting the household. Your pet is constantly chewing, rubbing, licking, and scratching. You are annoyed by the disturbance, but know your pet is suffering. The trained veterinary team at Otay Pet Vets tells you that your pet likely has an allergy, because allergic pets become extremely itchy and may develop crusty skin lesions, rather than the sneezing and irritated eyes that people suffer. How do you stop your pet’s itchiness? The team at Otay Pet Vets explains the steps to take to relieve your pet’s suffering.
Flea bite allergies are the most common hypersensitivities seen in pets. When a flea bites your pet, their saliva is injected into the skin, and your pet reacts to the substances in the flea’s saliva. One flea bite can cause a profound response. The process involves:
Your pet may develop an allergy to a specific food. Proteins are typically the offending substance, but carbohydrates and preservatives have been known to cause problems. Your pet may also exhibit vomiting or diarrhea if they have a food allergy.
A pet with an environmental allergy (i.e., atopic dermatitis) can be reacting to substances such as pollen, mold, dust mites, and pet dander. Since flea and food allergies have been ruled out, your pet is diagnosed with atopic dermatitis. But, which substance is the allergen?
The results show that your pet is allergic to dust mites and pollen. Without sealing your pet in a bubble, you cannot prevent them from being exposed to these allergens.
You decide to follow the Otay Pet Vet team’s recommendation and choose hyposensitization therapy for your pet. Your pet’s signs are improved after two months, and six months later, your pet could be itch-free, thanks to your dedication.
Unfortunately, allergies cannot be cured, and they require lifelong management for your pet, but you are confident, since you will always have our devoted veterinary team to help you care for your pet. If your pet is itchy, do not hesitate to contact us at Otay Pet Vets to set up an appointment for us to evaluate your pet and stop their suffering.