Allergies mean that there is a reaction of proteins in a pet’s skin cells, urine, or saliva to an outside factor. Hay fever, runny nose, and sneezing are all examples of an allergic reaction. Contacting a veterinarian is the best plan of action to avoid worsened symptoms.
Pet Allergy Red Flags
Allergic reactions caused by swelling of the nasal passages include:
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal dripping or runny nose
- Coughing or hacking
- Excessive sneezing
- Itching nose, mouth, eyes, or throat resulting in scratching
- Red or watery eyes
- Facial swelling or blue-tinted skin under the eyes
- Inability to sleep or rest
Pet allergies that contribute to the difficulty to breathe or asthma attacks include:
- Heaving, tightness in the chest
- Whistling or wheezing sound while breathing
Other allergic reactions affect the skin. Allergic dermatitis is a reaction of the immune system. Contact a veterinary hospital if the following occurs:
- Itchy or flaky skin
- Red patches or raised surface
When to Contact a Vet
The signs and symptoms of allergies mimic other illnesses. For instance, sneezing and a runny nose seems like a cold. The difference is the time it lasts. If it goes on for more than two weeks, contact a veterinarian.
The more severe signs, such as difficulty breathing and wheezing, require a call to an animal hospital as soon as possible. The need for emergency care requires action before the symptoms worsen.
Allergies in parents are common, as in humans. However, the likelihood is also a hereditary trait.
Plants, chemicals, and other pets are factors that may cause an allergic reaction in any animal. Cleaning fluids and deodorizer stirs up allergens that pets are more likely to react to if present.
Pets develop sinus infections when an ongoing inflammation in the nose is present. The obstructions allow for bacteria to fester and grow.
Asthma is not only a human illness. The difference is, a pet cannot explain the pain or how difficult it is to breathe. If asthma is suspected after monitoring systems, contacting an emergency veterinary clinic is a must-do.
University Parkway Animal Hospital — Jackson, TN
Serving the Jackson area, we at University Parkway Animal Hospital strive to meet the needs of pets and their owners. Allergies are miserable for anyone, including animals. We share concern and compassion for all furry friends and provide care for them to live their best life.