As all the pollen, seeds, spores, and dust picks up in the spring wind, we advise that you keep a keen eye out for any change in behaviour that might signify that your pet is suffering from allergies. These allergens are picked up from outside, where they can stick to your pet’s paws, coat, belly, and inside their ears and nose.
Signs of allergies in pets:
While some pets can suffer from a runny nose and watery eyes much like us, pets typically experience skin-related issues. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Excessive licking, biting, scratching, and chewing of the skin
- Red and/or scaly skin indicative of irritation or inflammation
- Open sores
- Head shaking (in dogs)
- Itchy ears: This can be a sign of an ear infection, as pollen and seeds can enter your pets ears and cause irritation and infection if left untreated
- Noticeable odour coming from skin or ears
- Respiratory signs such as sneezing or coughing
Helping them cope:
If you think that your pet may be suffering from allergies, there are ways to help. Home care may be all you need especially if symptoms are mild. Here are some tips:
- Regular bathing and/or grooming. This will help get rid of any pollen, spores, dust, and seeds that may be clinging onto your pet. Using a hypoallergenic shampoo may also help.
- Check their paws after they have been outside, they may need a rinse to remove surface irritants, or even a trim if their fur is long.
- Administer flea and tick preventatives
- Vacuum and/or mop regularly so as to remove any environmental allergens in the home
- Please consult with us before introducing any medications or supplements
When you need help:
Allergic reactions in pets can become serious when infections and intense discomfort occur. If you can see any open sores, notice serious discomfort, an odour, or your efforts don’t seem to help, please book in for a consultation with us. Many pets who suffer from environmental allergies benefit from the treatments we can provide. It’s never one-size-fits-all when it comes to allergies, so it’s important that we work together to find the right treatment.
If you have any concerns or further questions about your pet please book in for a consultation either online or by calling our awesome reception team on 9369-1822.