Signs of Spring Allergies in Pets

As the new plants of spring emerge, so do allergens that can affect humans and our furry friends. Like us, pets can experience seasonal allergies, and springtime is a common culprit. Learning the signs of allergies in pets is vital for providing them with the necessary care.

Here are some key indicators to watch out for:

  1. Excessive Scratching/Licking/Chewing: If you notice your pet constantly scratching, chewing, or licking at his/her skin, it could be a sign of allergies. Itchy skin is a common symptom of environmental allergens.
  1. Ear Infections: Allergies can contribute to ear infections in pets. If you notice your pet frequently shaking his/her head, rubbing his/her head on things, or scratching at his/her ears, there may be an infection or inflammation that is irritating the ears. It is recommended to have a veterinarian examine the dog and determine the best treatment plan.
  1. Changes in Behavior: Allergies can make pets uncomfortable. Feeling bad can lead to behavior changes. Some abnormal behaviors can include increased irritability, restlessness, decreased activity levels, not wanting to interact with family members, or not wanting to be petted or touched. If you observe any of these signs in your pet, we recommend you make an appointment with the veterinarian. An exam and allergy testing may be necessary to reach a proper diagnosis.
  1. Watery Eyes and Runny Nose: Some animals may develop watery eyes and a runny nose when exposed to allergens. Keep an eye out for persistent tearing or nasal discharge.
  1. Sneezing and Coughing: Just like humans, pets can experience sneezing and coughing due to allergies. If your pet exhibits these symptoms frequently, it may be time to investigate potential allergens.

Preventive Measures:

  1. Clean your home environment with hypoallergenic, unscented cleaners, especially pet bedding and living areas. Use scent-free/dye-free laundry soap for all bedding.
  2. Regularly groom your pet to remove potential allergens from their fur. Wipe down any parts of the pet that come into contact with the grass after being outside with hypoallergenic wipes.
  1. Consult with your veterinarian about allergy-friendly diets, supplements, or medications.

If you have concerns about your pet’s health or suspect they may be experiencing spring allergies, don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember that some allergies are seasonal, while others may last longer than one season. Treating allergies usually requires developing a long-term strategy with your veterinarian.