Is Your Pet Suffering from Seasonal Allergies?

dog seasonal allergiesSpring is here, bringing warm weather, sunshine, and a return to the outdoors for many. Unfortunately, it also brings with it the bane of allergies for those who are affected by all the particles floating around. What many people don’t know is that just as humans can suffer from seasonal allergies, so can your pets.

Cats and dogs can suffer from allergies in the spring time, or all year if you live in a climate that doesn’t get very cold. While their allergies don’t look the same as humans in most cases, they often suffer the exact same level of irritation. Luckily, much like human allergies, there are treatments you can give to your pet to help them through seasonal allergy frustrations.

How Do Seasonal Allergies Work in Pets?

Most people understand how allergies work in people. The irritants that are in the air such as pollen or dander get into the person’s respiratory system and cause inflammation. This leads to coughing, itching, sneezing, and a runny nose.

With pets, the allergic reactions manifest in their skin most often and rarely in their respiratory system. Cats and dogs can have extremely itchy skin in the spring with unchecked, untreated cases causing sores or hotspots as well as possible infection from open sores.

The itchy skin they experience can also lead to bad behaviors such as chewing or biting parts of their skin to try and stop the irritation. This can lead to infections because of any open sores.

Rarely, pets can also experience respiratory allergies. You can tell this is going on by looking for the following symptoms:

  1. Sneezing
  2. Runny nose
  3. Eye discharge
  4. Swollen gums

As you may have noticed, these symptoms are very similar to what happens to people. However, there is a small group of pets who could suffer more serious reactions to allergens much like some people. In these cases, be sure to pay special attention to the above symptoms and make sure they don’t endanger the life of your pet.

What Can I Do to Fight My Pet’s Allergies?

Luckily, many of the things people do to fight human allergies help your dog as well. Ultimately, it comes down to reducing the number of allergens in their environment. These are some of the steps you can take to help your pet’s allergies.

  1. Give them frequent baths to remove the allergens on their coat
  2. Use a good air filter in your house and replace it every few months to increase the air quality in your home
  3. Wash their paws when they come in the house
  4. Pay extra attention to your pet’s health to keep their immune system strong

While you and your pet may be looking forward to the good weather and longer walks, spring comes with its own challenges. Luckily, with modern medicine and good habits, some of those challenges can be mitigated or reduced all together. As always, the best source of information for your pet is a professional opinion from a veterinarian. They can help test for and understand what your pet may be reacting to and how you can help.

Contact us today at Riverside Animal Center to get your pet examined and to find out more about seasonal allergies.