Seasonal pet allergies and how to identify them and care for them.
For some people, warm weather means itchy eyes and a runny nose, but did you know that many animals also suffer from seasonal allergies? If your pet gets itchy during spring, summer, or even fall, they are probably reacting to seasonal, environmental allergens. If symptoms continue year-round, it could mean that your pet is experiencing something in their environment or possibly, in their diet.
How do I know if my pet has seasonal allergies?
Many people miss the signs of seasonal allergies in pets because humans commonly have respiratory issues during allergy season while animals are more prone to skin problems. Other symptoms to keep an eye out for include:
- Itchiness, especially the face, feet, or ears
- Skin irritation
- Puffy eyes
- Paw chewing
- Swollen paws
- Ear infections
- Excessive shedding
Treatment for Pets with Seasonal Allergies
There are many at-home treatments to help ease your pet’s seasonal allergy symptoms, especially during those difficult months. One of the best remedies for pet allergies is to give them frequent baths. Your veterinarian can recommend the best medicated shampoos or topical medications for your pet. To keep allergens from building up in your home, make sure that you vacuum and dust regularly. Consider investing in an air purifier if you want to remove any allergens from the air in your home. Good hygiene and a clean home goes a long way when it comes to easing your pet’s seasonal allergies.
As always, make sure you talk to your vet about an official diagnosis. Symptoms that may seem like allergies can sometimes be the result of a fungus or some other treatable disease. If you notice any health or behavioral changes in your pet, contact us today. Little Rock Vets knows the best course for testing and treatment of your pet’s symptoms.