Spring is here and with it come a whole new array of flowers and pollens with the potential to cause an overreaction of our immune systems know as allergies. Pets, namely cats and dogs, like people, can develop allergic reactions when exposed to allergens.
An allergy is an abnormal and intense reaction of the immune system to common substances and can be caused by inhalation or by direct contact with the substance that our pet may be sensitive to.
Any allergic reaction can be quite unpleasant and cause discomfort, but in some cases consequences can be quite serious and may even endanger your pet’s life.
The skin is the main organ to be affected by allergies, however it can affect other organs and manifest itself with one or more of the following signs:
- Intense itching
- Small red bumps on skin
- Swelling of the snout or around the eyes
- Fever, vomiting, diarrhea and, in more severe cases, difficulty breathing that may result in death.
Don’t forget that pets can also develop allergic reactions to drugs, insect bites, food, detergents or other environmental factors.
If you suspect that your pet is having an allergic reaction or experiencing any clinical signs as the ones we’ve just described, contact your veterinarian urgently.
Did you know can save a photo and register when and what caused your pet’s allergic reaction on the Petable App? So later on you will be able to remember the date it occurred and show it to your veterinarian, also keeping a “diary of allergic reactions” that can be useful to draw conclusions about treatment plans, among other things.
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