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Allergy Season and Pets

May 19, 2021

Allergy Season and Pets

Much like humans, pollen, ragweed, or mold can cause allergies in cats and dogs as well. Seasonal allergies can present as itchy eyes and inflamed sinuses in humans. Although cats and dogs feel similar symptoms, the best way to detect if your cat or dog has seasonal allergies is by simply observing him. If your cat or dog is having seasonal allergies, he may begin to scratch excessively or sneeze a bit too frequently, shed worse than normal, or lick his paws. 

Although cats and dogs show similar symptoms of seasonal allergies as humans, they experience most symptoms through their skin. Hence, the most prominent indicator would likely be excessive scratching as a result of irritated and itchy skin. However, seasonal allergies present in a few more symptoms. They are as follows:

  • Irritated and inflamed skin.
  • Biting or scratching their skin or coat.
  • Dogs lick their paws compulsively
  • Excessive shedding
  • Respiratory difficulties such as wheezing, coughing, or difficulty breathing. (this symptom is more prominent in cats)
  • Scooting their rear-end across the ground or licking their anal glands

When your cat or dog presents the above symptoms indicative of seasonal allergies, as a pet owner, your responsibility is to help your pet relieve those symptoms. Unfortunately, much like humans, your pet’s seasonal allergies have no cure. However, it does not necessarily mean your pet has to suffer from allergies. 

Depending on the severity, your veterinarian may prescribe an antihistamine to relieve the allergy symptoms. Your pet's unique needs and weight will be taken into consideration before deciding on proper dosage. It is not recommended to use over-the-counter remedies as some of them may contain pseudoephedrine which can be fatal even in small amounts. To be safe, always consult a veterinarian before administering medications to your pet. The goal is to prevent if not minimize symptoms before they get out of control. Therefore, it’s wise to start a good regimen before the season progresses for the best results. 

Other Remedies

You may not be comfortable with medicating your pets, which is a valid concern. Fortunately, there are other ways to soothe your pet's allergy symptoms. 

Baths

Baths can help remove allergens or pollen from your pet’s skin, soothing their skin and relieving symptoms of allergies. If fortunately, your pet likes baths, bath them every time they have to go outside. However, only use soaps and shampoos made specifically for pets. Products made for people may cause additional irritation to pets due to the difference in ph levels.

In addition to giving your pet a nice soothing bath to relieve their allergies, you may also give your pet other remedies, some of which are listed below:

  • Flea and Tick preventative
  • Anti-itch sprays or creams
  • Fatty acid supplements
  • Avoid allergens around the home

If your pet is suffering from severe allergies, your vet may prescribe steroids to help control inflammation. It is understandably a difficult ordeal to watch your pet suffer from allergies, almost as difficult as experiencing the symptoms yourself. However, choosing the right remedy from the above-listed options should help get your pet relieved and back to normal soon.  

Whisker Hut has products to help you manage household allergens like our Portable Fur Buster,  Classic Paw Cleaning Cup, Fur Removal Glove for Dogs and Cats and our Pet Shampoo and Massage Brush. 

As usual, your respectful comments are always welcome.


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