CONTACT ALLERGIES: Caused by exposure to a substance or material to which you have a sensitivity. Fabrics, beauty products. detergents, and plastics are among these allergens. Using metal or glass food dishes, nixing the froo froo grooming products and opting for a gentle aloe and oatmeal pet shampoo, and using mild detergents on you pet's bedding will help you avoid this type of allergen.
FOOD ALLERGIES: Food allergies occur when your pet's immune system has an over-response to an introduced ingredient. A veterinary-advised food trial using noval protiens/carbohydrate may nail down the cause of your pet's particular protien allergy and prevent or minimize future symtoms.
FLEA ALLERGIES: Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is the most common veterinary dermatologic condition in the world. The flea saliva composition is the allergen delivered in the bite. Vigilent, year-round use of topical flea control is a must for pet's affected by FAD. It is recommended that these pet owners regularly treat their lawns with flea-killing products (keeping pet safety in mind, of course).
Whatever the cause of your pet's allergy outbreak, your veterinarian should be consulted for treatment. Your vet may choose treatment options that overlap allergen causes. Your pet's issues may be caused by multiple factors. Keeping good, routine lines of communication open with your veterinarian along with regular vet visits, is the greatest assest in keeping your pet healthy and comfortable.