The onset of Spring doesn't just mean dog shows and an array of festivals. Now that Spring is here, don't leave out your dog's bedding during your cleaning duties. Just like their human owners, pets can suffer from common allergies due to pollen, temperature changes, and even food. The reason why they're not so easily detected is because animals behave differently than humans. Pollen for example, can make most folks sneeze uncontrollably. In pets, they become incredibly itchy.
Don't let your furry pal suffer! Be extra observant now that seasons have changed. Here are some tips to help you out.
There are two main types of pet allergies: those related to food, and those related to environmental factors. Spring and summer are usually the seasons when these are most prevalent. However, if symptoms continue year round, then it's most likely due to certain foods in their diet. Visit your local vet immediately for any kind of allergy to have them treated right away.
- Apparent hair loss and redness around the muzzle, chin, and eye areas.
- Incessant rubbing or scratching (with paws or on furniture).
- Ears have waxy, smelly discharge.
- Red bumps, sores, scales or strange odor on the skin.
- Constant licking or chewing.
- Appearance of bald spots and discoloration on fur.
- Runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, and sneezing.
With the exception of foods, typical causes include: pollen from flowers, grasses, molds, as well as trees.
How To Help Your Pets
The first step is always to go to your vet. Animal doctors need to check the kind and extent of the allergy. After their diagnosis, they would prescribe topical creams, medication, and other procedures to ease your dog's suffering. If needed, vets can also give your furry pal a shot of vaccine to keep them healthy all year. This treatment doesn't come cheap though.
- Frequent baths with grain-free shampoo can relieve itchiness and wash away allergens.
- Foot soaks remove dirt and debris from sensitives paws, as well as prevent these allergens from spreading in your home. Do this after walks with your dog.
- To keep your pets AND your family safe from spring allergies, vacuum and sweep areas frequented by your furry companion. Use non-toxic cleansers instead of regular household chemicals.
- If your pet suffers from food allergies, stay away from grains for the meantime. Concentrate more on carbs and proteins to keep his digestive system happy.
- Keep calm. Pet allergies are very common and happens to most animals. Talk to your vet regarding holistic or natural treatments. Unless the case is serious, go for botanical remedies such as coconut oil, papain, and omega-3 supplements.