It’s that time of the year when pollen and other allergens fill the air, and we aren’t the only ones who will be sneezing this season. Find out how to tell if your pet has seasonal allergies.
What causes allergies?
We all love to get outside and enjoy the sunny weather, but it can be tough to avoid certain environmental allergens. These can include pollen, dust, mold, or fresh grass. If your pet inhales or comes into contact with these while exploring outside, they could experience seasonal allergies.
How can I tell if my pet has an allergy?
Cats and dogs can have slightly different symptoms of seasonal allergies than humans. Typically, they will experience mild to intense itchy skin, usually in the armpits, groin, muzzle, or paws.
If you notice your pet is scratching, chewing, or licking themselves more than normal, then it’s time to talk to your veterinarian. You might also notice your pet rubbing against carpet or furniture to help scratch themselves. Some other signs of seasonal allergies include:
- Recurrent ear infections
- Red and swollen eyes
- Runny nose
- Sneezing fits
- Red and inflamed skin
- Hair loss
- Excessive shedding
Be sure to contact your veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms.
How are allergies in pets managed?
Once your veterinarian determines that your pet is experiencing seasonal allergies, it’s time to manage them. Just like in humans, allergies can’t be cured, but we can try different methods to manage the symptoms.
When your pet comes back inside after outdoor adventures, be sure to wipe down their paws, legs, and butt. Doing this will help remove allergens from your pet. Giving your pet weekly baths with lukewarm water can also help when you and your pet are spending more time outside.
You can also reach out to your veterinarian about anti-allergy medications to help your pet manage symptoms. If your veterinarian determines that your pet can benefit, they may suggest over-the-counter medications or prescribe an oral or anti-itch medication. It is extremely important to always check with your veterinarian before giving your pet anything new. Your veterinarian will suggest the best medication and dose for your pet.
Our pets may get irritated with seasonal allergies just like we do. But with some care, attention, and your veterinarian’s help, your pet can enjoy the outdoors all summer long.