It’s that time of year again – environmental allergies are back in full force, ready to affect the sinuses of everyone daring to go outside.
Unlike us as humans, dog and cat allergies more often than not appear as skin irritation and inflammation instead of within the respiratory tract. That’s why the signs of pet seasonal allergies may go unnoticed. Keep the following signs in mind so you can get your pet the relief it needs if they are suffering from allergies.
What to watch for:
Spotting allergies in your pet is sometimes hard as the symptoms differ from the allergies symptoms that we face ourselves.
-Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
This will probably come hand in hand (or should I say, Paw in paw?) with increased scratching.
Often allergens can create rashes or hives on our pets. One of the most frequent areas is their paws. If you catch your pet licking their paws, it’s likely that the allergens from outdoors have created rashes or hives.
-Rubbing their face on things
While it might be adorable to watch your furry friend waddle around as they try to rub up on the couch, keep in mind that this might be a sign that they are trying to scratch an itch that they just can’t reach.
-Hair loss and hot spots
Inflamed skin left from exposure to an allergen without medication can leave red, swollen, and sometimes bloody spots on your pet’s skin.
How to help:
When frolicking in the freshly blooming weeds and grass ends in an allergic reaction, follow these steps to help your pet feel more comfortable.
Make sure to use a pet shampoo specifically made for sensitive skin. The more natural you can go, the better.
Reduce the number of allergens being tracked into your house on your pet’s paws. Bringing our allergens indoors is sometimes hard to avoid, but small steps like cleaning off your pet’s paws can help mitigate the allergens.
-Wash Pet Bedding Frequently
Again, focusing on reducing the number of pet allergens indoors. Make sure to use non-toxic cleaning products instead of your normal household cleaners. Toxic chemicals in some detergents can also have a negative effect on your pets skin sensitivities.
-Move to an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Foods can create or worsen problems relating to inflammation. Foods that are high in carbohydrates can make symptoms of allergies worsen. Sticking to a low grain diet will help relieve inflammation.
Whether or not your pet’s allergies are obvious, or they are suffering in silence – keep in mind to always take note of changes in your pet’s behavior. Something as simple as shaking their head can be a sign of allergies.
Notes: Make sure to never give your dog any non-prescribed medication. Allergy medication that you use may be harmful to your furry friend. Always get the advice of a professional before medicating or giving supplements to your pets.