Does My Pet Have Allergies?

Pets and horses can suffer from allergies just like we do. They typically are displayed through various skin related issues and other symptoms. Knowing what to look for in a pet suffering from allergies can help you and your veterinarian develop the best allergy treatment or management plan for your pet.

Dog Allergy Symptoms

Dermatitis (skin irritation) is the most common symptom for dogs with bad allergies. This can manifest itself as:

  • Severe itching and scratching (pruritis)
  • Dogs chewing and licking feet
  • Face rubbing
  • Hair loss
  • Rash, skin abscesses, and infection

Cat Allergy Symptoms

About 40% of Cats that have allergies demonstrate similar dermatologic (skin) symptoms as dogs. Cats with allergies will excessively groom themselves, causing hair loss, and exhibit other traits like

  • Feline acne
  • Eosinophilic granulomas or plaques in Cat
  • Cat’s with asthma / respiratory symptoms
  • Cat sneezing, nasal discharge, watery eyes
  • Excessive grooming and hair loss
  • Gastritis, vomiting, and diarrhea

Horse Allergy Symptoms

Horse allergy symptoms can be grouped into either respiratory (breathing) issues or skin-related (urticaria) issues. These issues can lead to horses demonstrating the following:

  • Head shaking, sneezing
  • Labored breathing, especially upon exertion
  • Nasal bleeding
  • Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) also known as COPD (horse coughing or heaves)
  • Hives, itching
  • Hair loss due to excessive rubbing

Pet Food Allergy Symptoms

Food allergy symptoms can manifest in your pet as:

  • Ear Infection or inflammation
  • Excessive feet licking
  • Generalized to severe itching
  • Gastritis
  • Vomiting and diarrhea in some cases.

Other clues your pet may be suffering from food allergies include year-round symptoms and poor responses to steroids.

Food-induced allergic hypersensitivity cannot be treated by immunotherapy, therefore, avoidance and elimination diets are the only form of treatment for your pet’s food allergy. If your pet tests positive to specific foods, then we will provide your veterinarian with a list of commercial diets free of those ingredients to which your pet has tested positive.


We work closely with the leading pet food manufacturers to maintain a database of premium diets and treats. This includes both over the counter and prescription brands.

Based on the results of your pet’s food allergy test, our database will generate a list of acceptable diets, both canned and dry foods, that your pet can safely eat. Included in this list are also tolerable treats and a list of the vendors who sell these products.

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