Imagine spending every moment of everyday dealing with agonizing itching. Itching so bad, no matter how much you scratch; it does not get better. In fact, it gets worse. The itching gets so severe that it leads to pain, burning, and in a lot of cases anxiety. This is the sad reality for cats and dogs suffering from allergic skin disease, which is also known as pruritus. Pruritus has many causes, such as fleas, seasonal, and food allergies. This makes finding a cure both challenging and frustrating.
Here are a few key facts to know about cats and dogs with allergies:
- The single most common cause of allergies in dogs and cats is fleas.
- 50% of allergic dogs have ear infections, and this may be their only symptom.
- 66% of all dog food allergies are caused by beef, dairy, and wheat.
- 90% all cat food allergies are caused by beef, dairy, and fish.
Allergies are one of the most common causes of skin disease in dogs and cats.
As crazy as it sounds the main cause of allergies in both cats and dogs are fleas. When the allergies and flea flare in the animals, it makes it difficult to control. It becomes challenging for pet owners to have their animals in doors, due the effects of pruritus. That is to say, if one places their cat or dog outside then they may become concerned about outside fleas, and the allergy can worsen. However, one is not to worry because it is said that most pruritus in dogs is seasonal.
No matter if its seasonal allergies or food allergies, there is a treatment out there. Take advantage of test given by a licensed professional to find out the sole cause of the infection. Utilize products such as flea collars, allergy medications, and yucca intensive. Most importantly, be aware of the symptoms so you can determine if your pet needs treatment or not. Listed below are a few symptoms to look out for:
- Ear infections
- Skin infections
- Face rubbing
So, the next time you hear your dog or cat barking/meowing or crying, do not assume that they want another treat! They may be crying out for help.