Allergy season is coming up fast. And pets react to substances just like we do. Pollen, ingredients in food, mold, dust, dirt… the list goes on. But have you ever wondered if a pet could be allergic to another pet? To phrase it simply, can animals be allergic to one another? Read on as your veterinarian Derby tells you more.
Can my pet be allergic to another pet?
Yes, it is possible for pets to be allergic to other pets. It’s not as common as allergies to other substances like pollen and food ingredients, but it’s completely possible. (Ask your vets Derby about the most common types of allergies in pets.) And it works in all ways. Dogs can be allergic to other dogs or to cats, and cats can be allergic to other cats or to dogs.
In a pet-to-pet allergic reaction, the suffering animal is reacting to the proteins found in pet dander, or in saliva or urine. It’s the same reason that you or family members who have allergies suffer, too. These proteins are the root cause of allergies caused by pets, including when those allergies are experienced by pets themselves. Learn more about them by calling your animal hospital Derby.
What are the symptoms of these allergies?
For the most part, a pet-to-pet allergic reaction will look like a reaction to other substances. You’ll probably see your pet scratching themselves a lot. Environmental allergens, like those to pet dander, affect your pet’s skin. The skin releases histamine, which causes an itching feeling. In response to that feeling, your pet scratches. Your vet clinic Derby can tell you more about this process, so call today.
In addition to scratching, you might notice puffy, red, or irritated eyes. Irritated, red, and inflamed skin is also common. And if your pet’s scratching goes untreated for long enough, bald patches or even skin trauma could occur. Let your veterinarians Derby know right away if you see these signs in your pet.
How do I fix the problem?
Tell your veterinary clinic Derby as soon as you notice signs of allergies in your pet. Whether your pet is reacting to another pet in the house or to a substance in their environment, you’ll want to act fast. That way, your pet can experience some relief.
Your pet clinic Derby will first need to conduct tests to confirm the presence of allergies. They’ll probably ask you for a description of symptoms and for how long you’ve seen them in your pet. Then, allergy medications can be prescribed. Sometimes, pets benefit from being bathed with medicated shampoos. Air purifiers set up around your home might help, too.
The ultimate goal is to reduce your pet’s exposure to the allergen that causes them trouble. Your vets Derby will help to guide you through the process to help all of your pets stay as comfortable as possible.
If you think your pet is having an allergic reaction, there’s no time to waste. It’s time to make an appointment at your pet hospital Derby. We are here to help, so call the office today!