Spring and summer are always seasons to look forward to! With all of the greenery on the trees and the flowers blooming, it is such a … a… ACHOO!
Just like us, dogs and cats can also suffer from environmental allergies. Sometimes these allergies are seasonal and therefore only manifest during certain months of the year and others are year round. Green trees and pretty flowers are always welcomed in spring and summer, but the pollen from these blooming plants can lead to allergic reactions. Pets can also be allergic to dust in your own home.
Allergic pets can often get very itchy skin and can start losing their fur in areas of severe irritation. Pets with environmental allergies will tend to be itchy on their feet, bellies and ears. Scratching, licking and chewing at these very itchy areas can also lead to secondary infections of the skin, hot spots or ear infections. These secondary infections will need to have medical attention and may need medications prescribed by their vet.
If your pet is chewing or licking excessively at these areas, it is a good idea to ensure that they do not create any damage. A cone may be needed when you are not around to monitor them. You can also gently clean their feet when they come in after a walk to reduce the amount of pollen and chances of a reaction. You can just use water or you can add a small amount of pet shampoo to wash away the pollen.
Sneezing, wheezing and runny eyes can also be a response to environmental allergens. If you believe that your pet has an allergy please consult with your veterinarian regarding possible treatment which may include seasonal or long term treatment with medication. In difficult to treat cases your veterinarian may refer your pet to a dermatologist for further testing and treatment.
Contact us today if you suspect your pet to have allergies.
Davisville Park Animal Hospital
518 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Toronto, ON M4S 2M2