Spring is coming, and that means pet allergies will be on the rise. While humans can rely on over-the-counter medications to combat their pollen or mold spore allergies, it’s tougher for dogs and cats to fight off reactions to environmental allergens. At Radnor Veterinary Hospital, we see pets all season long who suffer from reactions to pollen, mold and plant allergies. Helping your pet is often a matter of prevention as much as it is treatment.
Veterinarian Talks About Allergy Symptoms
In many cases, it’s not hard to figure out your dog has skin allergies. You’ll hear it digging and scratching at its skin all night long. Our veterinarian advises that other symptoms can include redness (also known as hot spots) excessive licking or hair loss in patches or spots.
Cats are luckier in terms of allergies. They rarely suffer from season allergies, except for sneezing caused by an increase in pollen in the environment. Those that have true allergies, though, will suffer from sores, scabs or a discharge in their ears.
Ways to Avoid Pet Allergy Reactions
Monitor the pollen count to find out the worst days for your pet to be outside, and keep it indoors as much as possible during high pollen count days. Animals have to go outside sometimes, though, so combat the symptoms by physically removing as much pollen as possible. Wipe your pet’s paws and fur with a damp towel after it walks in your garden or yard. Give it frequent cool water baths to rinse off as much pollen as possible. Also, do your part by insisting every person take off their shoes at the door, eliminating the chance of tracking in pollen from outside.
Indoor allergens are even more common than pollen and mold spores when it comes to causing pet reactions. In fact, the most common allergens that cause reactions are dust mites and house dust. Since your pets live much lower to the ground, they’re more likely to come in contact with large amounts of these allergens. Help them out by vacuuming carpeting often and well, concentrating especially in areas where pets sleep. Wash pet beds and blankets frequently, and put any plush toys in the freezer overnight. This will kill any dust mites that might be active on the surface.
Wayne Vet to Treat Pet Allergies
You might be tempted to share out your Benedryl or other allergy medication with your pet, but that can be dangerous or life threatening. Your best bet, besides taking care of the environment, is to make an appointment with our Wayne vet to have your pet checked out. Our team is experienced at treating a variety of pet allergies, and we’re happy to help your furry family member to feel better during this allergy season. Call our office at 610-687-1550 to make an appointment.