Paw Licking, Allergies, And Your Pet

pawlickingAt long last, spring is in the air. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know that the longer days and the warmer temperatures also mean an increased pollen count and the return of seasonal allergies.

But did you know that, like us, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, too?

You might think that seasonal allergies for your cat or dog means sniffling and sneezing, but they don’t. Instead, your pet’s allergies are dermatological; which means that if your pet is excessively licking, chewing, scratching, or shaking, then chances are good that allergies are to blame.

Paw Licking

One of the most frustrating symptoms of seasonal allergies (for many pet owners, and most likely for pets, too) is excessive paw licking.

If your cat or dog licks and bites his or her paws incessantly, but the itchiness doesn’t seem to travel to other areas of the body, chances are good that your pet is picking up allergens on his or her paws. Typically these allergens are found in the home or outdoors, and are linked to organic matter or chemicals used in and around the home or yard. Continue…