Signs Your Pet Has Seasonal Allergies

Humans are not the only ones who experience seasonal allergies once the warm weather emerges, and flowers start blooming. Animals are just as susceptible to some environmentally triggered allergies. Pets cannot tell their human companions how they are feeling. However, you can watch out for signs that indicate your furry friend is not feeling well. 

Seasonal allergies are a big problem in veterinary medicine due to the wide range of allergens that can trigger symptoms. Pollen, grasses, trees, and various environmental pollutants can cause allergies. So, keeping environmental allergens from your pet can be very tricky. 

Since pet allergies are so common, there is a chance your furry friend could be suffering. Here are signs your pet may have seasonal allergies.

Infected and Inflamed Skin


Skin infection is one of the more severe side effects of seasonal allergies in pets. Skin inflammation and infection usually result from chronic scratching and biting. Unlike humans with allergies suffering runny noses and watery eyes, most animals develop itchy red skin and secondary skin infections. 

It would be best to take your pet to a veterinarian when you notice this symptom. In the meantime, clean your pet’s skin with witch hazel and apply black or cool green tea bags to the skin. You can also moisturize your pet’s skin with coconut oil to relieve the symptoms. 

Biting and Scratching


Itchiness is one of the most common symptoms of allergies in pets. Animals often react by biting or scratching themselves to relieve the itching. If your pet is scratching like crazy, leading to red and inflamed skin, the best thing to do is take them to a veterinarian. A bath using mild shampoo can provide temporary relief by washing off allergens on the body. 

Paw Licking


Felines often lick their paws while grooming themselves. However, compulsive pat licking may signify seasonal allergies in dogs. Facial rubbing is another behavior related to chemicals or histamines in the immune system triggered by seasonal allergies. Dogs with allergies push out the histamines toward their extremities, such as their paws, face, ears, and anal region.

Excessive Shedding


Chronic itching and skin infection can lead to increased shedding and hair loss. Another common side effect of allergies in pets is dandruff due to severely dry skin and flaking skin. If your furry friend is scratching enough to cause hair loss, it is time to take them to the veterinarian. 

Chronic Ear Infections


Ear infections are common in some pets, particularly dog breeds like cocker spaniels and hounds. However, ear infections may also result from allergies, especially in pets that get infections repeatedly. Red, waxy ears and persistent head shaking are the leading indicators of an ear infection. Take your pet to the vet to get treatment for uncomfortable and possibly painful ear infections. 

If you observe respiratory issues or the symptoms discussed above, take your pet to a vet for diagnosis and treatment. Veterinarians can do a lot for pets dealing with seasonal allergies. However, there is no miracle cure. The best thing you can do for your animal companion is to manage the problem. 

For more on seasonal pet allergies, visit Kankakee Animal Hospital at our office in Kankakee, Illinois. Call (815) 332-0600 to schedule an appointment today.

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