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Did you know that pets can experience skin allergies just like humans can? At Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital, our Charlotte animal clinic offers compassionate care and treatment for a variety of pet skin allergy causes. From seasonal/environmental allergies to food allergies and everything in between, skin allergies can put a serious damper on your pet's quality of life. This is why all pet owners are encouraged to keep an eye out for some of the most common signs of cat and dog allergies—and to see our vet as soon as possible if symptoms are present any time of year!
Just like humans, pets can be affected by skin allergies related to air pollutants, environmental factors, and even certain ingredients in their food. In some cases, a household cleaner or laundry detergent may even be to blame. For example, a new laundry detergent that you use on your pet's bedding may cause your pet to suddenly develop signs of cat or dog allergies.
The most common sign of dog or cat allergies is over-grooming—sometimes to the point of creating bald spots and other areas of patchy fur on the body. Excessive grooming may be limited to one specific area, such as the tail or belly, or it may be more widespread.
Another possible sign of a skin allergy in pets is constant scratching at the ears or face. Often times, this is the sign of a food allergy, though other sources could be to blame and will be investigated by our veterinarian.
Some pets will show other signs of skin allergies, such as an increase in visible pet dander or even skin redness/irritation.
If your pet shows any signs of allergies, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our pet hospital at your earliest convenience. During your pet's appointment, our veterinary team will discuss your pet's symptoms with you, as well as conduct a full physical exam for other telltale signs of skin allergies. We may then begin recommending a gradual phasing out of potential sources of the allergy in your home, such as food, detergent, and other household items until we can narrow down the root cause of your pet's skin allergies for treatment/management.
No pet owner wants to see their beloved pet suffer from skin allergies. Fortunately, our Charlotte veterinarian is here to help.
Contact our team at Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital by calling 704-278-8000 to find out more about pet skin allergy treatment or to schedule your pet's appointment with us.