Pet Allergies: Signs, Symptoms, and Easy Control

Pet Allergies: Signs, Symptoms, and Easy Control- Spring is not always the favorite season for people because it is the worse time for allergies. Excess grass and pollen is the air is not exactly the “welcome spring” sign.

I am immune to the springtime allergy-causers but I feel bad for my family and friends who are not so lucky. Thankfully they have good medicines to control the allergies.

However, it is not just humans who suffer from springtime allergies. Dogs and cats also suffer from springtime allergies.

Other than grass and pollen, other causes of allergies in pets are dust, dander, mold, feathers and flea bites.

Pet Allergies: Signs, Symptoms, and Easy Control

For dogs, allergies are more common in Terriers, Retrievers, Setters, and dogs with short snouts including Pugs, Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers.

Pets can show similar symptoms as people. Symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, and excessive scratching and red, irritated skin, which results in hair loss. Other symptom in pets include excessive paw licking and ear infections.

Just like how you want to cure your seasonal allergies, you want to cure your pets’ suffering, too. Obviously your pet cannot tell you he is suffering from allergies, but the above-mentioned symptoms will tell you your pet needs help.

Oral antihistamines for humans help very little, sometimes not at all, with dogs and cats. Ask your Veterinarian about a medication like “Apoquel” or “Benadryl” to help control the itchNever use human topical medicines on pets as they could lick it off. Using cleaning wipes specifically for pets can help wipe allergens off their fur. Obviously, always talk with your vet before administering any medicine, whether oral or topical, to your pet.

Enjoy the great outdoors in the lovely spring weather with healthy pets, not sneezing pets and people! Remember, Sitters4Critters has a mobile vet tech service  to assist you with all your pet nail trim and pet nursing needs.