Common Cat Allergies in Vancouver
Just as allergies are common among humans, pet allergies also commonly occur in our furry friends. If you notice signs or symptoms of allergies in your feline, we encourage you to schedule a pet dermatology consultation with our experts at Animal Dermatology Specialists of Vancouver. We will help you determine the cause of your pet's allergies, treat his or her symptoms, and provide advice on how you can control the allergens within your cat's environment.
Allergens Affecting Cats
Cats have allergies to all sorts of potential allergens, the symptoms of which can make them quite uncomfortable, and even negatively impact their health. Some of these allergens include environmental allergens such as the pollen from trees, grass, and weeds; mold; mildews; and dust. In addition, certain foods, parasites, medications, perfumes, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, fabrics, rubber, and some plastic products can also irritate a cat's immune system. This can lead to a myriad of uncomfortable and even painful symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Cat Skin Allergies, Food, and Respiratory Allergies
Cat skin allergies and respiratory allergies result in very distinct signs and symptoms in your pet. Although some of the respiratory symptoms could also point to a viral or bacterial infection, noticing any significant change in your pet's behavior is good reason to see a veterinarian. The following are signs and symptoms of feline skin, food, and respiratory allergies:
- runny eyes
- excessive scratching and itching
- hair loss
- hair matting
- scabby or flaky skin
- skin color change
- itching ears and/or excessively shaking head
- ear infection
- swollen paws
- excessively biting at paws
If your cat displays any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment right away.
Schedule a Pet Dermatology Appointment for Your Cat
Schedule an appointment with our Vancouver office at (604) 558-3376 or our Richmond office at (604) 270-6163 today.
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