shutterstock_378140458Like humans, animals can easily become victim to those awful spring time allergies. Sneezing, itchiness and redness are just some of the symptoms that come along with pet allergies, and they can really put a damper on a beautiful spring day. Do you believe that your pet may have allergies as well? Are they displaying symptoms that look a lot similar to your spring time allergies? Read on to learn how to spot the symptoms that your dog or cat may have allergies and how to bring some relief to your pet this spring.

Symptoms

Unlike humans, who usually experience respiratory reactions to seasonal allergies, dogs and cats tend to experience what’s called allergic dermatitis, which appears as skin irritation and inflammation. Typically, the dermatitis begins with the pet being itchier than usual. You might see your pets scratching more often and trying to relieve the itch by rubbing their body or face against furniture or carpet. As this happens, you might start to notice red and inflamed skin, patches of hair loss, open sores, and scabbing. Sometimes in dogs, hotspots can even develop, which is when your dog’s natural bacteria overwhelms the area of skin, causing open sores, hair loss, and oftentimes bleeding.

Another symptom include issues with their ears, especially in dogs. Ear infections are common for pets during allergy season, as the area becomes itchy and inflamed due to an infection with yeast or bacteria. Your pets will start to scratch at their ears and shake their heads, and in some case loose hear around the opening of the ear. Additionally, you might notice an odor or discharge from the ears if there is an infection.

Respiratory issues aren’t typically common in pets with allergies, however they do still occur. As with humans, dogs and cats will experience runny noses, watery eyes, coughing and sneezing as a result of respiratory reactions. Animals with weakness in their lung fields may also experience more severe reactions, developing into sinusitis and bronchitis.

Overall, a wide-ranging rule of thumb is to look for generalized redness. If you noticed puffy red eyes, red gums, a red chin, red paws, and more, your pet might be experiencing seasonal allergies and you should consider looking into options for relief.

Relief

Baths – Giving your pets more frequent baths can offer temporary but immediate relief to an itchy pet because they wash away the allergens from their skin. However, you want to be sure to use a moisturizing shampoo (like oatmeal or honey) or unscented shampoo to reduce any excess drying or irritation of the skin.

Foot soaks – Wiping down or soaking the paws can not only soothe itchy and irritated paws, but can also reduce tracking of the allergens into the home.

Maintaining and allergen-free home – It’s nearly impossible to completely eliminate all allergens from your home. But by frequently vacuuming and cleaning floors and washing bedding in the areas of your home that your pet spends the most time in, you can prevent any buildup of pollen or allergens.

Sometimes, your pet needs more than a good bath and clean area, especially if hot spots have developed. There are medications and treatments for seasonal allergies in pets, so if you feel your dog or cat needs additional care, be sure to contact your vet for treatment options.

By recognizing seasonal allergies and making sure your pet has relief from the pollen, you can make sure that all of the time you pet spends outside is as fun and enjoyable as possible!

 

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