Helping Take the Itch and Sneeze Out of Pet Allergies
The wheezing, the sneezing, the inflammation and itching…seasonal allergies can make any one of us feel mildly to miserably uncomfortable. And, the same is true for animal companions when they struggle with pet allergies.
Unfortunately, many pets suffer through symptoms when they remain undiagnosed, untreated, or simply needlessly exposed to the allergens.
Detecting Seasonal and Flea Allergies in Pets
Allergens can be active year-round, depending on what your pet is allergic to. And, many pets who live with allergies are impacted by more than one type of allergy.
If your pet hasn’t had allergy testing or a thorough assessment and treatment plan for managing his allergies, we recommend doing so by scheduling an appointment. This will help not only determine how to better avoid the culprit allergens but also will allow for prescriptions that will help your pet feel better.
As a rule, most pets will be allergic to certain foods, flea bites, atopy or airborne spores and pollens, and contact allergens (like a chemical, household product, plastic, etc.).
Depending on what type of allergy your pet is experiencing, some of the following symptoms may arise:
In many cases, treatment will include one or more of the following: medications, prescription diets, topicals, medicated shampoos, and supplements.
Tips to Minimize the Impact of Pet Allergies
Along with seeking veterinary care for your pet’s allergies, there are some things you can do at home to reduce his exposure to certain allergens and to encourage overall health.
Some tips for caring for your allergic pet include:
If you would like more tips and recommendations to prepare for fall seasonal pet allergies, please contact The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center.