Coughing, runny eyes and nose, stuffiness and congestion – people agree that seasonal allergies are miserable!
But did you know that pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, too?
Pets with seasonal allergies will exhibit very different symptoms from people. Here are some of the top symptoms to look for:
- Constant scratching and licking
- Chewing of feet and pads
- Scratching or rubbing of the face
- Inflamed ears or recurrent ear infections
- Recurrent hot spots in dogs and facial scabs in cats
- Asthma-like wheezing and respiratory problems (more likely in cats)
- Foul odor from skin or coat may indicate secondary infections
Environmental allergens that are inhaled or come in contact with skin and cause irritation are known as atopy. Seasonal examples of atopy include ragweed, which will usually occur in the fall months. Reactions to spring pollens from trees and other plants will most commonly occur during April and May when trees and flowers are in full bloom.
Scratching is the single most common symptom of allergies in pets. Dog will often chew their feet and pads, which is a huge tip-off that they’re dealing with an environmental allergic reaction to pollens, mold or dust mites. This condition is known as allergic dermatitis.
Ear infections in dogs are also quite common symptoms of allergies. If you notice your dog or cat scratching at their ears, it’s likely that some form of allergen is causing irritation.
There are many products and treatments available to help ease allergy symptoms. Consult your veterinarian to find the best solution for you and your pet.