Most common symptoms and allergies in pets
What are the most common symptoms?
Intense itching is certainly the most typical symptom. After that, the animal will present lesions, secondary infections or loss of fur.
The lesions may appear on the face, the ventral area of the neck, axillae, groin, abdomen, and the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the feet. In many cases, external otitis may be the only appreciable clinical sign.
What are the most common known allergies?
- Allergy to flea bites (FBAD):
This is the most common of canine allergies. Only the strict control of fleas, both on the animal and in the environment in which it lives, can solve this problem.
- Atopic dermatitis:
This is the name given to allergies caused by environmental allergens, such as pollens or mites. Canine atopic dermatitis (CAD) is a complex and multifactorial syndrome, in which the individual's genetics and their relationship with the allergens involved play a fundamental role.
The symptomatology usually appears between 6 months and 3 years of life. The affected animals usually have an itchy face, ventral area of the neck, axillae, groin, abdomen, and dorsal and ventral surface of the distal extremities. In many cases, external otitis may be the only clinical sign.
- Food Allergies (Adverse reaction to food):
Some dietary components can be the cause of the patient's allergic symptoms. Among these, concurrent digestive signs may be observed. Suppressing the offending food or ingredient is the only way to avoid the symptoms.