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Signs Your Pet Has Allergies

Protect Your Pet from Allergies with Help from Our Miami Vet Staff

At Ferreira Animal Hospital, our Miami vet team helps cats and dogs find relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of pet allergies. Just as importantly, we also help local pet owners learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of pet allergies, so they'll know when to bring their animals in for help.

Top Pet Allergy Symptoms

If something in your home or the surrounding environment is causing an allergic reaction in your cat or dog, you might notice telltale signs and symptoms like:

  1. Frequent itching, biting, licking, shaking, and scratching
  2. Ear infections that keep returning (symptoms include foul smelling odor, discharge, and head tilting)
  3. Swelling around the face, mouth, ears, and eyes
  4. Red, inflamed, irritated, flaky skin
  5. Diarrhea and vomiting
  6. Sneezing
  7. Watery eyes (eye discharge often leaves crusty residue on or near the eyes)

Health problems other than allergies can lead to these symptoms in pets, too. Bring your dog or cat to our vet whenever you notice any of these issues, because the only way to know for sure if your pet's discomfort is caused by allergies is to get a diagnosis from a veterinarian.

Does Your Pet Struggle with Allergies? Our Miami Veterinarian Staff Can Help

During a comprehensive pet exam, our Miami veterinarian staff can rule out other underlying conditions, run blood and laboratory tests, perform a physical examination, and assess your pet's medical history and lifestyle to help us pinpoint the causes of your pet's allergies. Substances that lead to pet allergies often include pollen, mold, dust, dust mites, fleas, smoke, household chemicals, and even food (e.g., soy, wheat, dairy, or eggs).

Once we've determined what's triggering your pet's symptoms, we can prescribe treatments that relieve the pain, inflammation, and swelling and can also offer lifestyle strategies to keep your pet healthier and more comfortable in your home.

Are You Worried about Pet Allergy Symptoms?

Contact Ferreira Animal Hospital at (786) 275-4629 if you live in Miami or another southern Florida community and are concerned about pet allergies.