Along with the blooming flowers and gorgeous weather, springtime allergies have also been making a comeback recently. Did you know pets can experience seasonal allergies? Dogs and cats can have a variety of different symptoms that can cause pain and irritation during the warmer months. Read on to learn how to correctly identify and treat your pet’s allergies.
The most common symptom of seasonal allergies in dogs and cats is itchy skin. Your pet may be biting, scratching, or rubbing their skin which can cause painful lesions, scabbing, hot spots, and hair loss. Dogs may also be prone to recurring ear infections caused by seasonal allergies. Your dog may have an ear infection if they are shaking their head, rubbing their ears on the ground, or showing signs of pain. Dogs and cats may also experience symptoms like red, swollen eyes, a runny nose, and fits of sneezing. Take your pet to their veterinarian for a formal diagnosis.
Vets can prescribe supplements and medications to ease your pet’s worst allergy symptoms. Dogs with moderate to severe allergies may do best with allergen injections over a period of time. If your pet only experiences mild symptoms, they may be fine with over-the-counter antihistamines. Some pets can be prescribed food specially formulated for managing skin allergies. Always talk to your vet before starting your pet on a new medication.
Limiting Exposure to Allergens
Although medication can be a big relief to pets that are suffering from an allergic reaction, there are also ways to prevent or mitigate an allergic response in the first place. After coming inside from a walk or playtime, wipe your dog’s paws to remove allergens from the skin. Weekly baths in lukewarm water with an oatmeal shampoo can soothe your dog’s skin as well. Prescription lotions and sprays can also be helpful.
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