According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the flea allergy, typically caused by the saliva in the fleabite, is the most common allergy in dogs and cats.
Food allergies are the second most common type of allergy in cats and the third most common in dogs, behind inhalant, or atopic allergies.
Food ingredients most likely to cause a reaction in cats are fish, milk, eggs and beef. Ingredients most likely to trigger an allergic reaction in dogs are soy, milk, corn, wheat, beef, chicken and eggs.
It may be difficult to figure out the specific allergy that your pet is suffering from because a lot of these ingredients are found in pet food. Moreover, there is a wide range of allergies, and pets may exhibit similar reactions to each.
Common therapies for allergies may include topical creams and lotions, medicated shampoos, antihistamines and anti-inflammatories. Remember, that a multi-therapeutic regimen may be needed because no two allergies will present the same way or react the same way to therapy in different pets.
If you notice signs of any allergic reaction such as excessive scratching, licking, chewing and rubbing, skin rashes and hair loss, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Failure to spot a pet's allergic reaction may lead to big vet bills and unnecessary suffering by your pet. Also, keep in mind that the scratching is usually the tip of the iceberg.The scratching is a symptom that may be indicative of something deeper.
You and your veterinarian will need to work together to make everyone more comfortable. Call and set up an appointment today if you suspect that your pet may be suffering from allergies at 405-509-6891.