Pet Allergies San Jose

What are allergies, exactly? In a simple sense, allergies are the body’s immune systems reaction to allergens. Just like us, our pets can experience environmental, food, and insect bite induced allergies. Though there is no cure for pet allergies, De Anza Veterinary Clinic in Cupertino can help you manage your pet’s allergies so that he or she can maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Causes for Allergies in Pets

The two most common reasons pets experience allergy discomfort is either exposure to otherwise harmless allergens or fleabites. Below is a list of common allergy stimulating allergens:

  • Pollen

  • Mold or Mold Spores

  • Dust or Dust Mites

  • Food Ingredients

  • Fleas

Allergy Symptoms in Cats and Dogs

Our pets can experience allergy symptoms seasonally or year-round. While they can exhibit hay fever-like symptoms, we most commonly see the effects of allergies through skin irritation.

  • Skin irritation/Itching Redness, rashes, and/or hair loss, especially around the face, hind end, or paws. Irritation often occurs because pets are licking, chewing, or rubbing these areas. Itchiness and irritation isolated to the hind end and/or tail is often a sign of flea allergies. Itchiness and irritation isolated to the ears, face and/or paws is often a sign of food or environmental allergies.

  • Runny eyes Often present as a tear’s or crusty red eyes.

  • Frequent skin infections Dogs with seasonal allergies might frequently have yeast or bacterial infections in the ears or on other parts of the body.

  • Sneezing/coughing  Throat and nasal inflammation can lead to frequent wheezing/coughing/sneezing. These symptoms are less common than skin irritation.

  • Gastrointestinal distress  Food allergies, in particular, may cause regular vomiting, diarrhea, and GI discomfort in your pet. Pinpointing the food allergen culprit can be done through a novel protein elimination food trial.

Concerned about allergies in your pet? Is your pet due for an annual exam? Call De Anza Veterinary Clinic at (720) 329-2613 to schedule your appointment, today. We have been serving the San Jose community since 1971, and we are passionate about caring for all types of pets while going above and beyond expectations.