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Jul 31 2012

Is your pet’s licking and scratching driving you nuts?

Just like people, some pets suffer from allergies related to pollen, grasses and trees or even dust mites.

Video on Skin Allergies

Unlike people though, our pets rarely sneeze or show signs similar to “hay fever”.  Instead, our pets are itchy and they will do anything to relieve that sensation.

Whenever your pet is itchy, it is important to remember that external parasites or even food allergies can cause very similar symptoms.  Your veterinarian must help you distinguish between flea bite allergies, food allergies or atopy.

General symptoms that require a visit to your veterinarian:

  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

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