Just like humans, dogs and cats can develop allergies throughout their lives that make them feel unwell if undiagnosed. These allergic reactions often occur as a response to certain ingredients in food but can also be caused by mould, pollen and insects amongst other things. Keep informed about the possible effects of allergies in your pet by learning the basics we’ve detailed below…
Symptoms change from pet to pet
Food allergies in our four legged friends can manifest in a variety of different ways. From digestive trouble, diarrhoea, vomiting and weight loss to itchy or inflamed skin, there are a number of different symptoms to look out for. A good rule of thumb is to ensure that you take notice of any unusual behaviour from your pet – such as rubbing their bottom on the grass or increased licking of bodily parts, indicating skin irritation – and seek vet advice as soon as possible if something doesn’t seem quite right.
Allergies don’t start from birth
Contrary to popular belief, your pet isn’t born with allergies; in fact, they often don’t begin to develop until after they are a year old. This often means that your pooch or feline friend can begin to have a reaction to certain food or other allergens that they have previously not had any problem with. It’s important to watch out for the aforementioned symptoms of allergic reactions around this time to ensure that you identify any problems as early as possible.
Talk to your vet about the best diet change for your furry friend
When it comes to food allergies, changing your pets diet is crucial to ensure that they remain healthy and happy. This can often be a process of elimination and you should always consult your vet before making any drastic changes. A nutritionally balanced diet is essential for all pets, so careful consideration is needed when making any changes.
As always, it’s best to consult your local vet if you are unsure about any information or if your dog or cat is showing unusual signs that indicate something may be wrong. The Animal Emergency Service is available to help if your veterinarian is closed and you’re concerned about symptoms such as chronic diarrhoea, vomiting or other effects causing your pet pain and distress.