Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the return of seasonal allergies. Both humans and pets can suffer from the symptoms of hay fever, and many cats and dogs suffer just as miserably as we do. Is your pet prone to spring allergies? If you want to be proactive in preparation for the allergy season, read on to ensure your pet stays comfortable and healthy.
What are the most common seasonal allergies for pets in upstate New York?
Just as you and your pet are itching to get back outdoors after a long, cold winter, plants are starting to make their presence known, too, in the form of pollen:
Tree pollen: Oak, maple, and birch release pollen into the air in the spring, which can irritate a pet’s skin and respiratory system.
Grass pollen: During the spring and summer seasons, Common Timothy Grass, Orchard Grass, Large Sweet Vernal Grass, and Nodding Fescue all release pollen into the air, which can cause itching, sneezing, and runny eyes in pets.
How can I tell if my pet is suffering with spring allergies?
Spring allergies in cats and dogs can cause a variety of symptoms that will sound familiar to any human who’s ever had hay fever: sneezing, runny eyes and nose, and lethargy.
However, pet allergies may also manifest as red, irritated, and inflamed skin or raw, painful hot spots. In severe cases, spring allergies may cause breathing difficulties, coughing, and wheezing or even a decreased appetite.
These symptoms can be distressing for cats and dogs, and allergies can significantly impact their quality of life just like humans. If you suspect that your cat or dog is suffering from spring allergies, it’s important to seek veterinary care for proper diagnosis and treatment.
3 tips for managing spring allergies in pets
1. Reduce your pet’s exposure to allergens
Trees and grass may be the culprits behind spring allergies, but it’s a lot of fun to spend time in nature with your favorite furry friend. You can still enjoy outdoor activities with your pet if you follow a few precautions.
→ Keep windows and doors closed to minimize exposure to pollen
→ Bathe your pet regularly to remove pollen from their fur
→ Avoid outdoor activities during peak pollen hours (usually early morning and late afternoon)
→ Keep your pet indoors on days with high pollen counts
2. Provide your cat or dog with a healthy diet and lifestyle
The best way to weather allergy season is to prepare for it with a healthy, immune-boosting lifestyle. That goes for pets and people.
→ Feed your pet a healthy diet to boost their immune system and improve their allergy resistance
→ Regular exercise and play can also help maintain a strong immune system and reduce stress
→ Ensure that your pet is getting adequate rest and sleep to help them feel their best
3. Manage severe spring allergies in pets with medical treatments
If your pet’s allergies are making them miserable, it’s time to consult with a veterinarian to see if a medication or treatment is available to help. We can determine the best course of action for your individual pet and monitor their progress to ensure they receive the most effective treatment. Some allergy treatments for pets include:
→ Antihistamines: These can help relieve itching and other allergy symptoms
→ Corticosteroids: These can be used to reduce inflammation and swelling
→ Allergy shots: These can help build up immunity to specific allergens over time
→ Fatty acids: These can help improve skin health and reduce itching
Don’t let spring allergies hold you and your pet back – reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.
Making a difference, one paw at a time!
If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from spring allergies, we encourage you to contact us at call Dove Creek Animal Hospital/Gloves City Veterinary Hospital. Our team of experienced veterinarians is here to diagnose and treat your pet’s allergies, and to provide you with the resources and support you need to ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy. If you need us, call Dove Creek Animal Hospital at (518) 627-9762 / Gloves City Veterinary Hospital at 518-725-8117.