Pet allergies

Pet allergies and how to treat them

Pet allergies

Pet allergies and how to treat them

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Pet allergies and how to treat them

Seasonal pet allergies, as well as certain types of food, may cause a reaction in your pet. You will not notice symptoms such as a stuffy nose or a headache, however, watery eyes or a change in skin texture will alert you to your pet’s allergies.

Symptoms of environmental allergies in cats and dogs include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Persistent licking
  • Watery eyes
  • Redness around the eyes or mouth

However, with pet food allergies you are more likely to notice:

  • Reddening of the skin
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Scaling of the skin and in severe cases, accompanied bleeding

It is, however, important to note that the above pet allergy symptoms can be caused by other factors. Therefore, a visit to your local vet is important to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

How are environmental and food allergies treated?

Allergies are unpleasant to pets. So, taking your furkid to the vet will help you determine whether they are suffering from an environmental or food allergy. And there is no need to panic. There are many products and hypo-allergenic foods available that will help to ease unpleasant symptoms.

Topical treatments and shampoos

To treat your pet’s allergies, topical treatments and shampoos are available for dry and itchy skin. Use Kyron SebbaDerm Shampoo to relieve itchiness and to nourishes the skin. Or, use Kyron’s Sebbarox Shampoo to treat fleabite allergies and other conditions. Should your furkid have developed raw patches, your veterinarian may recommend products from the F10 range as they are anti-bacterial and antiseptic focused.

OTC eye drops

Over the counter eye drops may provide relief for your pet’s itchy and watery eyes. It is always best to speak with your local veterinarian about the best option for your pet and their allergies.

Cleaning your pet’s ears

If your pet experiences environmental allergies, clean your pet’s ears if you notice excessive ear scratching. Your vet will examine your cat or dog to determine whether the ears are red, swollen and/or filled with debris. For dogs clean before bath time. However, check with your vet before administering ear cleaners to ensure that you are administering the treatment correctly. Kyron Cleaner, for example, may assist with environmental allergies as it cleans dirt, debris and discharge from the ear, as well as balancing the PH. Use Kyron Cleaner before any ointments to ensure proper penetration of the required ointment.

Hypoallergenic foods

Hypoallergenic foods are the first choice for food related allergies in pets. Try Vets Choice Sensitive. Enriched with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, allergy prone skin is more nourished from within with less dryness, redness and flakiness. 

It is important to remember that environmental and food allergies may occur together. In severe cases, topical corticosteroid treatment or oral corticosteroids may be prescribed. If your pet’s behaviour or skin coat changes, visit your vet as soon as possible.

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