May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month: Asthma and Allergies in Pets

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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, as declared by The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). This includes our furry friends who also suffer from seasonal allergies and asthma. Symptoms can sometimes manifest differently in pets than humans, so we have put together a little information on asthma and allergies in pets.

Asthma and Allergies in Pets

Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Humans are not the only ones who are affected by the pollen, weeds, trees, dust or mold. Dogs and cats, particularly those who spend a fair amount of time outside, can also suffer the effects of seasonal allergies.

Many times, environmental allergy symptoms present themselves like food allergy symptoms: skin itchiness and inflammation, ear problems and respiratory issues. To help manage environmental allergies in your pet, we recommend regular baths, which wash away allergens from the skin and coat.

Dogs and cats can also experience food allergies, even if they have eaten the ingredient for years with no reaction. Symptoms of food allergies in pets can manifest in various ways, but some signs of a food allergy include the following:

  • itchiness
  • excessive skin licking or chewing
  • red and inflamed skin
  • hair loss
  • skin infections
  • ear infections
  • gastrointestinal issues (flatulence, increased bowel movements, vomiting and diarrhea)

Cats with a food allergy are likely to get small, fluid-filled bumps, around their head and neck.

If you believe your pet might have a food allergy, contact your vet at All Pets to discuss treatment options.

Asthma in Pets

Cats are more at-risk of having asthma than dogs. However, the total number of animals with asthma keeps growing due to the increase of harmful environmental pollution.

There are numerous signs that may be indicative of pet asthma ranging from mild to severe. Common symptoms of asthma is pets include the following:

  • Excessive panting
  • Extreme expansion and contraction of the chest
  • Loss of energy and appetite
  • Pale or blue gums
  • Persistent dry hacking or coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Wide mouth breathing

Another common symptom of asthma in cats is crouching or squatting with the neck and head extending in an attempt to breathe easier. Cats may also gag up foamy mucus during asthma attacks.

If you believe your pet has asthma, contact your vet at All Pets to schedule an appointment. Your veterinarian may perform x-rays, bloodwork, bronchial mucus samples and more to help rule out other causes for your pet’s symptoms. One a diagnosis is confirmed, your vet will work with you to determine the best treatment option for your pet.


These are just the basics of asthma and allergies in pets. Contact us with the link below for more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss treatment plan options for your pet.

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