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Signs and Symptoms of Allergies in Animals


An allergy is a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance (called an allergen) that causes the body defense system (the immune system) to overreact when defending itself.Two Categories of animals Allergies.

Environmental Allergies

 If pet gets itchy during spring, summer or fall, they probably react to seasonal, environmental allergens.

 Food Allergies

Most common food allergens include: beef, dairy, and wheat. General signs and symptoms of allergies include:

  • Dry itchy skin
  • Excessive scratching or licking
  • Bald patches
  • A high frequency of hot spots
  • Ear infections
  • Skin infections
  • Diarrheas
  • Vomiting

Types of Allergies That Affect animals

  1. Environmental

 Allergens that are inhaled or come into contact with the skin can cause allergies known as atop.

Common sources of these allergies are:

  • Pollen
  • Molds
  • Dust mites
  1. Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Common cause is skin disease.

  1. Contact allergies

Common causes: direct contact with carpet, fibers, plastics and other things

D Airborne allergies

1: Airborne allergies in dogs and cats are a very common problem.

2: In cats, small bumps may appear on the head, neck, shoulders, and the tail-head area. We call this military dermatitis and it is usually caused by airborne allergens, or sometimes by the food.

The pet inhales the airborne allergen particle,

  • Like pollen or mold.
  • Which is then carried to the skin of the
  • Ears, lower back and feet

Signs and Symptoms of Allergies in Animals

  1. Respiratory Tract, Skin Irritation or Inflammation (a condition called allergic dermatitis).
  2. When animals have allergies, her skill will become very itchy.
  3. She will start scratching excessively, and might bite or chew at certain areas of her body.
  4. She may rub herself against vertical surfaces like furniture, or she may rub her face against the carpet. She is trying to relieve the miserable itchiness by any means possible.
  5. As the itch scratch cycle continues, her skin will become inflamed.
  6. Other signs of allergic dermatitis include areas of hair loss, open sores on the skin, and scabbing.
  7. Hot spots: Hot spots can develop in dogs (rarely seen in cats). A hot spot is inflamed, infected skin that occurs when dogs natural bacteria overwhelms an area of his skin.

Typically, the skin will be very red, and often there is bleeding and hair loss. Some other Signs of allergies

  1. Animals with allergies also often have problems with their
  2. The ear canals may be itchy and inflamed. as part of a generalized allergic.
  3. They may grow infected with yeast or bacteria.
  4. Animals ears are giving him problems include scratching at the ears, head shaking, and hair loss around the ears. If infection is present, there will often be odor and a discharge from the ears.
  5. The respiratory symptoms are not common in pets with allergies.
  6. A running nose, watery eyes, coughing and sneezing are typical allergic symptoms in both two and four legged allergy sufferers.

Seasonal Allergies   

  • Seasonal Allergies to ragweed, grasses, pollen, molds and trees, also develop sensitivity to other allergens inhaled through the nose and mouth.
  • Animals with weaknesses in their lung fields can develop sinusitis and bronchitis, just as people do.

Prevent the symptoms

Secure an area for animals, and try to restrict it most of the time. It may have better look arranging this if animals are free roaming and will not put up with being confined to one room. Its make sure where we keep our animals will be easy to clean and has little furniture and carpeting. Animal that they can sleep right into comforters, sheets, and pillow covers

 Regularly clean

  • Drapes
  • Keeps stuffed animal collections in a glass case.
  • Household items such as carpeting, upholstered furniture, drapes, and even stuffed animals can be a reservoir for all animals’ allergens.
  • Use a specialized filter to clear animal’s allergens from the air. Because the particles that carry animal allergens are so tiny, they hang in the air for a long time.
Author :Center for Recent Innovations - European Union
Pulished date: 05-16-16
Springer with the Collaboration of LearnRnd
Source URL:http://www.learnrnd.com/detail.php?id=Signs_and_Symptoms_of_Allergies_in_Animals

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