Don't Let Summer Be a Snifflefest: Common Allergies in Pets

Allergy Alert! Decoding Your Pet's Itchy Summer

Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies triggered by airborne irritants like pollen, mold spores, and dust mites. These allergens land on your pet's skin and fur, causing an irritating reaction.  Here are some common signs your pet might be experiencing summer allergies:

  • Itchy Skin: Excessive scratching, licking, and biting at their fur are all telltale signs of allergies. You might also notice hair loss or red, inflamed skin.
  • Watery Eyes and Runny Nose: Constant eye-watering, pawing at the face, and a runny nose can indicate your pet is trying to expel allergens.
  • Sneezing and Coughing: These are common signs of respiratory irritation caused by inhaled allergens.
  • Ear Infections: Allergies can make your pet's ears more susceptible to infections, leading to head shaking, scratching at the ears, and a bad odor.

Pollen Power: The Usual Suspects in Summer Allergies

Several culprits can trigger pet allergies during the summer months. Here are some of the most common:

  • Tree Pollen: Depending on your location, the blooming of different trees can cause allergy flare-ups in pets.
  • Grass Pollen: Mowing the lawn can release grass pollen into the air, leading to itchy misery for your furry friend.
  • Weed Pollen: Ragweed and other summer weeds are notorious for causing allergies in both humans and pets.
  • Mold Spores: Mold thrives in warm, humid weather, and its spores can be a major allergy trigger for pets.

Helping Your Pet Breathe Easier: Managing Summer Allergies

Don't let allergies ruin your pet's summer fun! Here are some tips to help manage your pet's allergy symptoms:

  • Identify the Trigger: Talk to your veterinarian about allergy testing to pinpoint the specific allergens bothering your pet.
  • Limit Exposure: Once you know the culprit, try to limit your pet's exposure. For example, avoid walks during peak pollen hours or keep them away from freshly mowed lawns.
  • Keep Your Home Allergen-Free: Regularly vacuum and dust your home to remove pollen and dust mites. You can also try using air purifiers to help filter out allergens.
  • Bathe Regularly: Frequent baths with a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo can help remove allergens from your pet's fur.
  • Talk to Your Veterinarian: They can recommend medications like antihistamines or allergy shots to help alleviate your pet's symptoms.

Good Neighbor Vet: Your Partner in Keeping Your Pet Healthy All Summer Long

Don't wait until your pet's allergies become a major problem.  If you notice any signs of allergies in your furry friend, schedule an appointment with Good Neighbor Vet by calling us at (888) 234-1350 or visit one of our convenient locations, which yoh can fin in our website, HERE.  We can help diagnose the cause and develop a personalized treatment plan to keep your pet comfortable and happy all summer long.  Remember, a happy pet is a healthy pet, and we're here to ensure your furry best friend enjoys every sunny moment of the season!

Is your furry friend feeling itchy and miserable?  Learn how to identify and manage common pet allergies this summer, and give them the relief they deserve!