Do animals have allergies?
Yes, pets can have allergies. The primary target s of allergies in pets are their skin and ears. Other body systems affected include the respiratory system and the digestive tract.
The primary symptom of allergies in pets is excessive licking, chewing and scratching, due to unrelenting itching.
If you think your pet has allergies, an examination is very important to sort out allergies from secondary skin infections and other diseases. Allergies can be treated in a variety of ways, including managing the symptoms, treating the secondary problems, and determining/eliminating the cause.
The doctors of Windmill Animal Hospital have extensive training and interest in pet allergies, and offer allergy testing to determine exactly what your pet is allergic to. This allows us to treat the allergic problem specifically. Unfortunately, pet allergies tend to get worse and worse over time; the sooner your pet's allergies are under proper management, the sooner his misery (and yours) can be relieved.