As you may already know, your dog or cat could be allergic to many things. Dust, dirt, fleas, mold, pollen, ingredients in their food, certain materials like rubber or plastic… the list is long. But can dogs and cats themselves actually be allergic to each other? And if so, what do you do about it? Read on to learn more from an experienced Western Orange County vet.
The answer to this question is yes, dogs and cats can be allergic to each other. In fact, not only is it possible for dogs to be allergic to cats and vice versa, but it’s also possible for dogs to be allergic to other dogs and for cats to be allergic to other cats.
P et-to-pet allergies aren’t diagnosed nearly as often as allergies to the substances mentioned above, but they do exist. Many people make the mistake of thinking that it’s a dog or cat’s hair itself that causes allergies, but it’s actually the proteins found in pet dander, saliva, and urine. Those proteins can trigger allergic reactions in humans who suffer from pet allergies, and they’re also the root cause of pet-to-pet allergies.
Pet-to-pet allergic reactions mimic the signs of allergic reactions to other substances. Primarily, you’ll notice your pet scratching themselves more than usual. This is because pets that suffer from allergies have an abnormal skin barrier that allows environmental allergens like dust, dirt, and dander to be absorbed more easily. The skin responds by releasing histamine, which causes a feeling of itchiness.
Aside from intense scratching, a pet experiencing an allergic reaction may also display other signs, like sneezing, runny nose or eyes, puffy or red eyes, and red, irritated skin. You might even notice bald patches or skin trauma as a result of your pet scratching themselves to try and find relief.
If you think your pet may be experiencing an allergic reaction, whether it’s to another pet in the house or any other substance, call your Western Orange County vet. Tests can be performed to confirm the presence of allergies. From there, allergy medications may be prescribed. Your veterinarian may also offer advice on using air purifiers and bathing your pet(s) with medicated shampoo to lessen the exposure to allergens. Don’t worry—there are many options available to you!
To learn more, contact your Western Orange County vet clinic today.