Fleas and allergies in your pet

At this time of the year we begin to see a lot of animals, especially dogs, with allergies and ear infections. There can be many reasons for allergies but one of the most common allergies for both cats and dogs is flea allergic dermatitis. Fleas can be very hard to spot on your animal and can even live dormant in your carpet for longer than 100 days. It is important to keep on top of flea treatments and prevention without breaks to ensure your animal doesn't become reinfested between treatments.

If you are concerned that your pet may have an allergy or infection please don't hesitate to contact the clinic for an appointment. Some signs of allergies include itching, scratching, general unfomfortableness, rashes, redness of the skin, dandruff, vomiting and diarrhoea just to name a few. Signs of ear infections include shaking of the head, scratching at ears, smelly ears, discharge from the ears and tilted heads.

Some dogs also have environmental and food allergies which in some cases can be treated by changing them to a vet prescription diet, our clinic stocks both Hill's and Royal Canin branded foods. If your vet thinks your animal may have a food or environmental allergy they may suggest a food trial. Food trials are usually conducted over a 6 to 8 week period, your pet is transitioned onto a prescription diet which has ingredients that your pet has likely not been exposed to, at the end of this period if it has been a successful food trial then allergic symptoms should have subsided. In some cases where pets have reccurring infections and allergies, transitioning to a prescription diet can significantly reduce the frequency of infections your pet has, or even prevent them altogether.

If you have any questions regarding your pet please call the clinic to have a chat with one of our nurses or to book an appointment on 63 444 566.