Pet Allergy FAQs

Allergies to pet dander are not uncommon in people, but did you know that pets can also suffer from allergies? If you’ve noticed any unusual symptoms in your cat or dog, the veterinarians at De Anza Veterinary Clinic can test for allergies. Just like in people, allergies in pets are not curable, but they are manageable. Our pet allergy services in Cupertino can support your pet’s wellness and quality of life.

What signs and symptoms might indicate allergies?

Pets can experience different sets of signs and symptoms. One of the most common forms of canine and feline allergies is atopy, which can be seasonal. Pets can also get contact dermatitis and flea allergy dermatitis. Pet parents may notice the following:

Skin: Excessive scratching and licking, especially of the flank and groin, along with reddened, crusty, scaly, or infected skin

Fur: Balding or thinning patches due to excessive scratching

Ears: Excessive scratching and rubbing of the ears, and a reddened appearance with a waxy discharge

Feet: Redness, odor, inflammation, and discoloration due to excessive licking

Face: Redness around the chin, eyes, and muzzle

Respiratory: Wheezing that sounds suggestive of asthma, frequent sneezing, and nasal discharge

Gastrointestinal: Vomiting and diarrhea

Which triggers can cause these symptoms?

A wide range of allergens may trigger these symptoms in cats and dogs. Some pets are allergic to certain foods, while others may experience reactions to medical or wellness products. Pollen, mold, dust, cigarette smoke, fabrics, and cleaning products are other possible triggers.

How can the veterinarian diagnose allergies in pets?

Our veterinarians can conduct a comprehensive evaluation to figure out what’s been troubling your pet. We all start with a physical exam and a review of your pet’s medical history. We all ask you about the symptoms you have noticed to narrow down the list of possible suspects. If your pet is experiencing gastrointestinal distress, for example, then a food allergy may be to blame. Then, we all consider clinical tests to confirm the diagnosis. Allergies may be detected through blood tests and intradermal skin tests. If a food allergy is suspected, our veterinarians may recommend a food elimination trial to identify the specific triggers.

What are the treatment options?

Allergies can’t be cured, but they can be successfully managed to let your cat or dog live a happy, healthy life. Our veterinarians will give you detailed instructions on how to help your pet avoid his or her allergy triggers. If the allergy has caused an infection, we can provide medication. Other medications may be available to control the allergy itself. Your pet may need a special diet or lifestyle modifications, such as changes in grooming.

If your pet needs special care for allergies, you can count on De Anza Veterinary Clinic. Call us at (720) 329-2613 and find out for yourself why the San Jose community has been coming to our clinic since 1971.