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Does My Dog Or Cat Have Seasonal Allergies?

We typically know when seasonal allergies hit. 

It sometimes manifests as a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. The good news for us is that we’re able to vocalize our discomfort and get relief quite easily from a local drug store. 

Our feline and canine friends aren’t so lucky. Yes, our furry companions can also get reactions to the changing seasons with pollen and ragweed. 

A tell-tale sign that your four-legged friend might be suffering is excessive scratching.

Are they gnawing and biting themselves as if their life depended on it? Keep a close watch and see when your pup or kitty is chewing at their flesh. Is it after spending time outdoors? If so, it may be allergies.

This type of obsessive attention to the skin can be dangerous as it opens up the doorway to other health problems like bacterial infections, sores and fur loss. 

Treatment options

Get a proper diagnosis by visiting your local veterinarian. It’s the best way to eliminate other health issues and find the right solution for your pet in pain. 

Although it’s impossible to keep your pet indoors at all times, there are ways to mitigate symptoms. Clean paws regularly and when necessary, give your animal a bath or foot soak, ridding the skin of any potential allergen contact. 

Other ways to ward off allergy symptoms is to keep frequented areas clean such as the front hallway and any bedding that Fido or Whiskers likes to sleep or hang out on. 

If you’ve heard that the solution is to give your fur family member over-the-counter human allergy medicine, be careful. The Ontario SPCA states, “When it comes to giving your pup over-the-counter allergy medicine intended for humans, consult with your veterinarian about this beforehand. It’s easy to miscalculate dosage and often any reduction in scratching is the result of drowsiness.”

Antihistamines and other medications may be prescribed by your pet’s doctor as possible treatment. 

Remember, scratching can be a result of allergies or another serious ailments such as parasites, fleas or mites. That’s why it’s essential to visit your veterinarian to make sure these potential issues are eliminated. 

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