Signs and Symptoms – Dog and Cat


An allergy is a reaction of the immune system to a common substance known as an allergen…

Allergens include foods, pollens from trees, grasses, flowering plants, moulds, dust and storage mites, fleas, dead skin and many more.


They can enter the body by inhalation, ingestion or absorption through the skin.
If your pet is repeatedly exposed to an allergen their immune system may react, often resulting in poor health.

Common symptoms of pet allergies include:

    • SKIN PROBLEMS – itching, scratching, rashes and redness
    • EAR PROBLEMS – swelling, itching and soreness
    • GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS – diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite and weight problems
    • RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS – asthma/wheezing (in cats)
  • BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS – face rubbing, paw chewing, persistent licking and over grooming

There are a number of potential causes to your pets discomfort and behaviour and your vet will carry out a thorough work-up to identify these.

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As part of this work-up, they may suggest sending off a small sample of blood to us to carry out a SENSITEST® allergy test.

Following this we will provide you and your vet with your pet’s results and a personalised results pack. If allergy is identified as a contributing factor, your vet will provide you with suggestions for managing your pet’s condition.

Things to look out for…

If you’re concerned, please speak to your vet

The cost of your test and any treatment may be covered by your pet insurance.

Please check with your vet and insurance company for details.
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