Seasonal Pet Allergies

Posted In: Behavior & Training, Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

It’s that time of year again! While the days are getting warmer and the world around us is turning green again, the unfortunate downside is all the allergens that come along with it. Thankfully humans have a range of solutions that help us mitigate the effects of these allergens, but many people don’t think to look for signs of seasonal allergies in their pets! These are some signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • Scratching and biting their coat or skin
  • Red, inflamed, or infected skin
  • Excessive shedding
  • Compulsive paw licking in dogs
  • Butt scoots, or licking their anal glands
  • Chronic ear infections or red, waxy ears (common for dogs who are prone to ear problems in the first place)
  • Respiratory issues, such as difficulty breathing, coughing, or wheezing (more common in cats)

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should check with your veterinarian before administering any solutions, however, there are several options available that may help ease your pet’s symptoms.

If you have ever undergone allergy testing, then you know that diagnosing allergies is often complicated. The first thing your veterinarian may choose to do is rule out any other condition that could be causing your dog’s symptoms. If your veterinarian feels that an allergy is a likely cause, they may propose allergy testing to try and determine the cause of the allergen that is causing the reaction. However, keep in mind it may not always be possible to determine the cause of an allergy with testing.

The best way to treat an allergy is avoidance of the cause and allergen, although this may or may not always be possible. But, in terms of treatment, it depends on your pet’s type of allergy. For example, the best way to treat flea allergy dermatitis is to kill the fleas. In addition to any lifestyle changes that might be necessary, your veterinarian may also prescribe an allergy relief medication for your dog that will help control the signs associated with the allergic reaction, such as itching and any secondary skin infections that might have developed as a result of the irritant.

If your dog has a severe allergic reaction, your best course of action is to get him to an emergency veterinary hospital as quickly as possible. If you suspect your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies, call AMCMA to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled veterinarians at (314) 951-1534.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.