Does Your Pet Have Allergies?

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Pet Seasonal Allergies. Things to Know

I just discovered recently that our pets do suffer from seasonal allergies, just like us! Moreover, a recent survey concluded that over half of pet owners aren’t aware that pets spend spring feeling miserable, all courtesy of pollens and other allergens.

Categories of Pet Allergies

There exist two types of allergies primarily; food allergies and environmental allergies. During the change of seasons, pay attention and see if you notice your pet is “itchy” all the time. This could be a sure sign they are having a reaction.  However, if these symptoms continue for longer, all year round, then it’s something related to the diet.

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Signs and Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies 

Most human allergy symptoms revolve around the respiratory system, but for the pets among us,  they will most likely appear as skin irritation, dryness or inflammation.  “Allergic Dermatitis” is its common name, and excessive scratching licking and appearing uncomfortable, are its symptoms. Oftentimes, they might even chew and bit some of their body areas. She/he may also rub herself against a rough textured vertical surface or rub their face against carpets. Any means possible to relieve the itchiness on their skin.

The itch cycle usually precedes inflammation. Your pet doesn’t know when to stop. Therefore the area will become soft to touch and inflamed. Hair loss in the region, as well as open sores and scabbing, are also prevailing symptoms.

For the dogs, hot spots tend to develop. Rarely seen in cats, a hotspot is an inflamed region that is infected by the dog’s bacteria, leaving it red with occasional bleeding and progressive hair loss.

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Other notable Signs to look out for

Pets with allergies sometimes express it on or inside their ears, mostly dogs and rabbits. Part of their ear canal may be itchy or inflamed as per the allergic reactions. They can also develop bacterial or yeast infection. If you notice your pets scratching at their ears, shaking their heads or progressive hair loss around the ears, then you need to get her to a vet. In most cases,  an infection will produce an unpleasant odor and, in extreme cases you may see discharge from the ear canal.

Respiratory symptoms, whilst uncommon in pets with allergies, do occur. Symptoms like running nose, coughing, sneezing, wheezing and watery eyes, are typical.

Pets with seasonal allergies also tend to develop other allergen sensitivity like perfume and the like. Animals with this weakness can develop bronchitis and sinuses as well.

Lastly, another sign to look out for is general redness, in eyes, oral tissue, around the chin, paws and always check their backside.  If you suspect your furry friend has allergies, it would be best to schedule a visit to your vet for medical treatment and recommendations.

Seasonal Allergies: A Natural Solution 

Seasonal allergies will be more common throughout the year is your pet is continually exposed to the allergens. The more exposure she/he has, the more intense and long-lasting the allergic response becomes.  You may want to consider some natural remedies for pet allergies. Check out this video below for more information.

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