Pet Doc with Nikki Burdine: Pet allergies

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For today’s Pet Doc segment, Nikki Burdine is joined by Dr. Staci Cannon with Metro Animal Care and Control:

Nikki Burdine:  I am joined by Dr. Staci Cannon with Metro Animal Care and Control and today we are here talking about food allergies in your pets. How to spot them, what to do about them.  

Dr. Staci Cannon: That’s right, a lot of people are concerned about food allergies in our pets.  Our pets can be allergic to a lot of different things most commonly they are allergic to fleas or things in the environment, they can be allergic to grass and weeds and trees and those sorts of things.  But sometimes pets can be allergic to things in their food, what they are eating.  The most common things they are allergic to are proteins, things like Chicken, Beef, Dairy Eggs, maybe even fish for cats.  Really pretty rare for them to be allergic to the grains in our pet food.  The types of symptoms that we might see if our pets are allergic to their food, they might be itchy, might be licking at their paws, scratching at their ears, developing ear infections. So, it manifests as itchiness in their skin.  or it can sometimes show up as vomiting or diarrhea, so upset stomach, especially in our cats.  That’s what we commonly see in our cats that have food allergies, is GI disturbances so these are things if you think your pet might have a food allergy, definitely talk to your veterinarian because they are the best source of information to figure out how to eliminate that from your pet’s diet and what is the best to feed them instead.  

Nikki Burdine: Basically if you see some of those, don’t ignore it, take them straight to the vet and have them checked out. 

Dr. Staci Cannon: Definitely if your pet is itching and they are having vomiting, diarrhea, definitely an indication to see your veterinarian. 

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