Pet Seasonal Allergies
Pet allergies, including seasonal allergies, are as uncomfortable for your pet as they are for humans. Seasonal allergies can cause itching, sneezing, and shedding in pets. Knowing the signs of seasonal allergies and how to manage them is an essential part of being a pet owner. If you suspect your pet may be suffering from seasonal allergies, but you're not sure of what to look for, here are some common symptoms and how to manage them.
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies
The symptoms of pet allergies are similar to the symptoms humans experience with allergies, but pets tend to experience symptoms that affect their skin. For instance, excessive scratching generally means itchy and irritated skin. Other common symptoms to be aware of include:
- Red, infected or inflamed skin
- Compulsive paw licking
- Excessive shedding
- Scooting on their bottom
- Respiratory issues, such as coughing, wheezing (common in cats), or difficulty breathing
- Scratching and biting at their skin or coat
- Chronic ear infections
Managing Pet Allergies
One of the easiest ways to relieve your pet's symptoms is by giving him or her an antihistamine. However, it's essential to consult with our veterinary team before administering any medication to ensure it's safe for your animal. Other things that may help reduce your pet's seasonal allergy symptoms include:
- Bathing or using pet shampoos, which will help relieve the itching and moisturize the skin
- Wipe off your pet's paws and coat after he or she returns from being outdoors. This will help to remove excess pollen and allergens from your pet's paws which can be transported to other areas of the body
- Talk to our veterinarian about anti-itch creams or sprays that may help provide temporary relief from the itching and scratching
- Avoid taking pets outdoors when pollen and ragweed levels are extremely high
The continuous scratching may lead to infections and inflammation, which adds to your pet's discomfort. In this situation, your veterinarian may recommend prescription steroids to help control the infection and inflammation. If cleaning your pet's paws, bathing, and restricting their time outdoors doesn't help relieve your pet's allergies, contact our veterinary team to schedule an exam. We can work with your animal to create a treatment plan that's right for him or her.
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To learn more about treating pet allergies or scheduling an exam for your pet, contact All Care Animal Clinic in West Palm Beach today. Our team is dedicated to providing pets the care they need to live happy and healthy lives.