Pet Allergies & Ways to deal with it!
Allergies are one of the most common health problems for pets. Allergic reactions can be uncomfortable and are characterized by a wide range of effects, such as: itchy, swollen skin, difficulty in breathing, and digestion problems. Pets with these symptoms are often miserable, and unfortunately cannot be cured. But there are plenty of things you can do to help your furry friend feel better. Animal allergies generally fall under one of four main categories, so the first step is figuring out what type of allergy your pet has.
Contact Allergies: Although these are the least common type, they happen when an animal’s skin comes in contact with the material he’s allergic to. Wool and chemicals in flea collars are common allergens. It’s simple to solve this problem—all you have to do is to get rid of the allergen, which shouldn’t take too much work to discover. Try removing different materials that your pet touches until you find the one that irritates his skin.
Food allergies: Most animals are not born with food allergies; they develop over time. A food allergy can be encompassed by itching, digestive disorders, and respiratory distress. These are often challenging to solve. You can figure out what’s causing the reaction by feeding your pet different diets. A hypoallergenic (non-allergy causing) diet may be helpful. While you’re trying special test diets, you’ll have to make sure that your pet doesn’t eat any treats, vitamins, leftovers or scraps, or even plants around the house. Diets should be exclusively followed for eight to twelve weeks to effectively determine whether a food allergy is present.
Inhalant Allergy: These are the type of allergies that humans are used to. Pets can be allergic to pollen and mold that fill the outside air during certain seasons. Inhalant allergies usually produce itching in the ears, feet, groin, and armpits, although it can be spread across the entire body. You can improve these allergies by limiting your pet’s outdoor time during allergy season; if it’s an indoor allergy, there really isn’t much you can to keep him away from the allergen.
Flea Allergy: This type of allergy is extremely common. Animals aren’t actually allergic to the fleas, but to proteins that fleas secrete when they bite. If you suspect your pet is allergic to fleas, try our Tick and Flea products to get rid of the pests and give relief to your pets. Give your pet frequent baths, and get a prescription for flea applications and pills from a veterinarian. Treat your pet’s environment, including any bedding or carpeting he comes in contact with.
Allergies are difficult to deal with because it isn’t always possible to figure out what’s causing the reaction. If you absolutely cannot figure it out, take your pet to the veterinarian. A vet can do testing, prescribe medications, and receive symptomatic treatments (shampoos, etc…). Whatever treatment decision you come to—just know that it takes patience and determination to treat pet allergies, but it will be worth it in the end when he/she feels better! Use our natural products to give relief to your pets.