During the fall and spring months, we often see an influx of pets that need help for allergies. Sometimes, allergies are not as clear as they are in humans. Nevertheless, it is important to provide your pet with the care he or she needs if they display symptoms of allergies. At Avenue of the Saints Animal Hospital, we recommend bringing your pet in for a wellness exam before the allergy season. We’ll provide the best preventative care possible and then make recommendations for treatment when allergy symptoms occur.
What Are Common Signs of Allergies?
To ensure your pet receives the best level of allergy care, learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of it. We encourage you to bring your pet into our Waverly or Charles City veterinary offices as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Changes in your pet’s skin may include red spots or bumps, patches of discoloration, or other signs of irritation.
- Chewing of the feet is very common in dogs that have allergies.
- Excessive licking that becomes is also a sign of an allergy reaction, especially if it causes damage to the skin.
- Asthma-like wheezing can occur in many dogs and cats. Respiratory problems are more commonly noticed in cats but can occur in both.
- The pet’s coat may change. For example, he or she may develop areas of balding from over-licking the area.
- Reddened areas of the face and areas of balding are signs your pet has been licking significantly as well.
Is It Seasonal Allergies?
Pet allergies can be seasonal, meaning changes in the condition of the air, temperature, and environment throughout the year can stimulate an allergic reaction. Allergies can occur from food and environmental exposure as well, but seasonal allergies are possibilities. If you do not treat and prevent these allergies, they can lead to more serious and year-round complications for your pet.
Pet Allergy Care, What Can Be Done About Seasonal Allergies?
When you bring your pet in to see our team, we’ll determine if your pet is having allergic reactions and do our best to pinpoint the cause. There are several things you can do to help at home, too.
- Give your pet a bath. Frequent baths can help to reduce allergens on the dog or cat’s coat and skin, reducing symptoms.
- Keep your pet as healthy as possible by feeding a high-quality food. This helps ensure the animal’s immune system is working at its best.
- Try to keep the home as allergy-free as possible. Use non-toxic cleaning products. Keep the floors clean and the area as dust-free as possible.
Our team will also discuss with you any treatments your pet needs. There are some supplements that can help to reduce the symptoms of allergies in in pets. In addition, we may recommend medications to help stop side effects and to improve your pet’s overall quality of life. Our goal is to create a customized treatment plan that fits your pet’s needs.