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June 20

Seasonal Allergies

June 20, 2014

Allergy season is upon us, and we can’t forget that our pets develop allergies, too. Pets can develop seasonal allergies towards plants, dust, dander, and more. If untreated, allergies can leave your pet in severe discomfort and pain. Let’s learn about what pets are most commonly allergic to, symptoms of various seasonal allergies, and how to treat these allergies and leave your pets feeling happy and healthy!

Common Dog and Cat Allergens Can Include:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cleaning products
  • Dander
  • Fabrics
  • Fleas
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Mold
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rubber and plastic materials
  • Tree, grass, and weed pollens
  • Dust

Dogs develop seasonal allergies throughout their lifetime. Terriers, retrievers, setters, and brachycephalic breeds such pugs, bulldogs, and Boston terriers are more likely to experience common allergies.

Cats are often more susceptible to seasonal allergies. A cat that has common allergies may have a severe reaction when exposed.

Allergy Symptoms:

Dogs and cats have similar symptoms of allergies. If you notice your pet has any of these particular symptoms, they might be experiencing an allergic reaction.

  • Constant licking
  • Itching
  • Paw chewing
  • Red or scabbed skin
  • Scratching more frequently
  • Sneezing
  • Swollen paws
  • Weeping eyes

Treating Your Pet’s Allergies:

If you think your pet has allergies, it’s important to make an appointment at GVAH before their symptoms worsen. The veterinarian will determine if your pet should be prescribed a medication. We will also recommend an allergy-screening panel to help determine which items in or near your home are causing your pet’s allergies.

There are effective ways to help treat your pet’s allergies at home. If your pet has a dust allergy, cleaning their bedding once a week and vacuuming at least twice a week should help their symptoms. Bathing your pet weekly will also help relieve itching and remove environmental allergens from their skin. However, it’s very important that you use a shampoo formulated to your pet’s species [cats, dogs, ferrets, etc.]; you can find shampoo that will work to eliminate itching in the GVAH online store.

To help prevent allergy symptoms caused by fleas, start your pet on Frontline Plus, which can be found in our online store or at GVAH. If you believe your pet is having an allergic reaction to a prescription drug or an over-the-counter medication, it’s best make an appointment at GVAH to consult with your veterinarian.

To access the GVAH online store, click here. You will be asked to create a login and password if you have not already done so.

If you have questions or concerns related to pet allergies, don’t hesitate to ask! The staff at GVAH is more than happy to assist you. You may stop in, call our office, or email us at info@grandvalleyvet.com.