As the weather gets warmer and spring arrives, allergies can become a problem for both humans and pets.
If you notice your furry friend experiencing discomfort, here are some simple tips to help them through the season:
How to tell if your pet has allergies:
While we humans often have runny noses and sneezing, pets show allergies through inflamed and irritated skin. Look out for red and irritated areas or sores on their face, abdomen, back, and thighs. They may also scratch or lick these areas more often. Some common signs of allergies in pets include itchy ears, watery eyes, sneezing, and swelling in the face, ears, and mouth area.
What to do if your pet shows signs of an allergy:
If you notice any of the above signs, it's important to take your pet to see a veterinarian. They will ask you questions about your pet's health history and perform a physical examination. They may also conduct diagnostic tests to determine what is causing the allergic reaction. Once the cause is identified, it becomes easier to treat and manage the allergies.
Common causes of pet allergies:
The most common reasons for allergic reactions in pets are fleas and other parasites, food allergies, and environmental allergies. Once you know the cause, it's important to eliminate or manage the source of the allergy to reduce your pet's symptoms.
Managing your pet's allergies:
After visiting the veterinarian and identifying the cause of the allergy, they may prescribe medications or recommend special prescription food or shampoos. Follow your veterinarian's advice on administering the treatment. In addition, you can take some measures to manage the allergy and prevent symptoms from worsening:
1. Consider using an air purifier in the room where your pet spends the most time.
2. Regularly vacuum the rooms your pet frequents and dispose of the vacuum contents immediately
3. Brush your pet regularly to remove foreign contaminants and loose fur.
4. Keep your pet's bedding clean and change it regularly.
5. Pay attention to how often you are bathing your pet, and what you are using.
Remember, if you have any questions or concerns about your pet's health, always consult with a veterinarian. They are the best source of advice and guidance for your furry companion.