Just like humans, pets are susceptible to spring allergies. Allergens can enter your pet’s body through many ways. They may come in contact through ingestion, inhalation or contact. The symptoms of allergies can be extremely uncomfortable for your pets and greatly impact quality of life. It is very critical to understand the signs, symptoms, and relief you can bring for your pets.
What are the Signs of Allergies?
Similar to humans with allergies, increased scratching or licking, red and itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing, and even vomiting or diarrhea can all be indicators of an allergic reaction. Some of the most common signs of allergies in pets are ear infections, itchy feet, and skin rashes. In some cases, you might even see open wounds or sores, commonly known as “hot spots,” as your pet tries to calm their itching. Scooting in pets may indicate anal gland issues that are often associated with allergies. While environmental allergies are more common, pets may also have food allergies, which can lead to diarrhea and vomiting in addition to itchy skin and other allergy signs.
What can you do?
When you see your pet start experiencing spring-time allergy symptoms, consider these tips to help alleviate your pets’ allergies.
Watch Out For Pollen
Make sure you watch out for weather reports in your area. This can help you get an understanding of what the pollen count in your area will be and help you avoid pollen allergens. For example, peak pollen counts also occur between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., so taking that long walk may be a better option in the evening. Make sure to avoid tall grasses and wait a few hours after you mow your lawn before letting your pet run and play around the yard. When you get home from walks and outside play, make the time to wipe your dog’s paws and coat with baby wipes or a wet cloth to reduce the amount of pollen allergens in the house and in contact with them.
Clean Your House
With spring comes spring cleaning, right? While you’re already in cleaning mode for your home, take some time to try and make it as allergen-free as possible. Make sure to vacuum and dust frequently to remove pollen that can be blown or tracked in from the outside, and thoroughly clean out all the dust and dust mites that settle inside. Don’t forget to change your household air filters on a regular basis as well. Since pets carry allergens in their coats and fur, make sure to launder your pets’ bedding frequently to reduce allergens.
Stay Up on Baths
For many dogs, frequent bathing can help reduce allergy symptoms. Consult your veterinarian to discuss the frequency of bathing that is recommended for your dog.
Consult Your Veterinarian
Allergies are a common medical condition that can often be frustrating. If you think your pet has allergies, consult your veterinarian as there are many therapies that can help. Just like many people need medications or allergy injections to help control their allergy symptoms, many pets also benefit from these interventions. Your veterinarian may recommend medications, foods, or allergy testing for your pet. It is always important to address any secondary infections caused by allergies as these only worsen symptoms.