It is entirely possible for dogs, cats, and other animals to suffer from allergies in a similar way to human beings. As the immune system is reacting to the allergen, it isn’t working as it should and may not be able to fight off other illness and disease. Allergens can be substances that are used in everyday life and are usually harmless, but the substance can cause an extreme reaction in individual animals. The symptoms of the animal’s allergy depend on both the type of animal and the severity of the allergy.
Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs
Many dog owners do not realize their dog has allergies, as the symptoms resemble those of other conditions, or because they can pass quickly if the allergy is very mild.
There are several symptoms that owners should take note of:
- Worrying the eyes
- Biting the skin
- Red, irritated skin
- Scabs on the skin
- Weeping skin
- Runny eyes
- Severe scratching of the back or tail
- Scratching the ears
- Licking, or chewing the paws
- Swollen paws
Symptoms of Allergies in Cats
Cats are actually almost 50% more likely to suffer from allergies than dogs. Many of the symptoms are similar to the allergy symptoms in dogs.
- Severe scratching of the back and base of the tail
- Runny eyes
- Scratching the ears
- Swollen Paws
Common Allergies in Cats and Dogs
Animals can be allergic to so many various substances. Some animals can be allergic to substances that they are unlikely to come into contact with on a regular basis, if at all. Others can be allergic to substances that are used routinely in everyday life. This list is not a full and comprehensive version of all the possible allergies, but it does mention some of the more common allergens.
- Cigarette smoke
- Tree pollen
- Weed pollen
- Dust mites
- Flea treatments
- Cleaning products
It is possible that any animal with an allergic reaction is reacting to something that is uncommon, or it may even be a food allergy. Some foods contain ingredients such as soy, corn or wheat. Some animals can have a reaction to these ingredients. Some animals can be allergic to ingredients that are commonly found in pet foods such as beef, chicken, or pork. Food allergies can also develop regardless of the age of the animal.
Owners with animals who allergic to something like a particular cleaning product or a certain brand of flea treatment can control the allergy by using a different brand of cleaning product or a different flea treatment. However, owners with animals who are allergic to allergens such as pollens, then there is almost no way to prevent the animal from coming into contact with the allergen. This problem is worsened as some allergic reactions can trigger further or more severe allergic reactions.
A further problem is that so many owners find it difficult to administer medication to their animals. The animals are aware of the drug, regardless of how it is hidden and can refuse to eat it. The owners often have to administer the drug in another manner, and many owners feel guilt at tricking or forcing the animal into taking medication.
A compounding pharmacy can create compounded allergy treatments for cats and dogs. The medication is flavored which disguises the smell and taste that the animal would normally associate with medication. Compounding pharmacies use various flavors for different animals, such as chicken, liver, beef, tuna, dog chocolate, and fruit flavors for birds.
A compounded allergy treatment is much easier for the owner to administer, as most of the time the animals thinks that the medication is a treat. A veterinary compounding pharmacy is very aware that some animals are very difficult to medicate, and can make a prescription that is easy for the animal to take, and for the owner to administer.
It is not possible for an animal to express pain in clear terms. They can express that they are in pain, but they are not able to express where the pain is, or what kind of pain it is. They are unable to express that they are suffering from an allergy, or which allergen is causing the allergic reaction. A compounded allergy treatment for cats and dogs can help alleviate the symptoms of the reaction and is much easier to administer than a tablet or liquid medications. It is designed to provide the animal with relief from the symptoms of the allergy while being flavored for simple, noninvasive administration.
Author: Kirill Vesselov
Kirill Vesslov is our resident writer about health and wellness as well as our pharmacy services.