dog with allergies

The season is upon us. Watery eyes, sneezing, headache, runny nose, the list goes on when it comes to seasonal allergies. Pets, too, can experience the effects of allergens that are plentiful this time of year. But when it comes to allergies in pets, the symptoms may not mimic our own. 

If you are asking yourself, does my pet have allergies, then you have come to the right place. The team at True Care Veterinary Hospital is here with some facts and recommendations about pet allergies to help ease the discomfort of the season.

What Are Seasonal Allergies in Pets?

Seasonal and environmental allergies are a sensitivity to things in the air and environment. These include dust, pollen, mold, grass, fungi, among others. In a strong immune system, the reaction to these allergens are minimal. When a pet is allergic, the immune system is triggered and produces histamines that cause certain symptoms.

Symptoms of pet allergies are not what you might think of when dealing with your own. Most dogs exhibit their allergies through skin problems, while cats have problems with their nose and paws. You may notice your pet scratching a lot more than usual, including rubbing the face and head on the furniture and carpet, along with chewing the legs and paws. In cats, runny nose and inflammation are common.

Clinical signs of pet allergies include:

  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Coughing
  • Itchiness 
  • Skin conditions, such as scaling, dryness, fur loss
  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from the eyes

Treatment and At Home Care

If you have noticed signs of allergies in your pet, the first step is to get an accurate diagnosis. Your veterinarian will do a thorough examination and perform allergy tests to determine what your pet is generally allergic to. In some cases, the allergies can be eliminated, such as with an allergy to a specific fungus or mold. 

Sometimes, when allergies are more severe, your veterinarian will prescribe steroids or other medications to treat the more serious symptoms. In most cases, at home care is the key to reducing the problems associated with your pet’s seasonal allergies.

At home treatment may include:

  • Frequent bathing
  • Vacuuming often using a HEPA filter
  • Using air filters throughout the home and a HEPA filter for the furnace/air conditioning unit
  • Laundering your pet’s bed every few weeks, including bedding
  • Eliminating carpet in lieu of tile or wood
  • Reducing time spent outside during the blooming season
  • Cutting weeds and long grasses in the yard

Does My Pet Have Allergies?

If your pet has been struggling with allergies, we can be of service. Allergies can cause discomfort and lead to skin infections and other more serious conditions. There are options for your furry one if you are wondering, “Does my pet have allergies?” We can give you the answer and treatment to give your pet the best health possible. Please contact us for an appointment