Food allergies in pets are rare, however, food allergies still affect thousands of dogs and cats in America. Our veterinarians at Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital in Granada Hills would like to look at some of the signs that your pet is suffering from a food allergy.
The most common sign of a food allergy in pets is itchy skin. The itchiness can be all over or just centered in a few spots. Your pet will be scratching far more often than usual, even waking from a sound sleep to start scratching. Your pet may scratch bald patches in his or her fur. Your pet may even scratch the skin open which can lead to infections.
Chronic Ear Infections
If your pet constantly has an ear infection and all of the other causes of these ear infections have been ruled out by a veterinarian, then the cause could be food allergies. Allergies can cause the skin of the ears to itch. The pet scratches and causes the infections.
Pets with food allergies may often vomit. They may get diarrhea, which can add to the sensation of itchiness underneath the tail. Both dogs and cats may scoot their rear ends across the carpet in an attempt to soothe the itch. Cats may also strain in the litter box.
With itchy skin, infected ears, diarrhea, and an upset stomach, pets with food allergies are going to be crankier than usual. They may also become aggressive when you try to touch them. Please let your veterinarian know if your pet has become prone to biting or scratching. Some dogs with food allergies become hyperactive. Pets can also become more tired than usual.
Do Not Use Human Medication on Pets
Never use any allergy medication or anti-itch skin cream meant for people on pets. These are often too strong for pets. Using these products can poison your pets. If your pet shows these symptoms, take him or her to an animal hospital.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Granada Hills, CA
If your pet shows these signs of food allergies and you live in the Granada Hills area, contact Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital today at (818) 363-8143 to speak with one of our veterinarians.