It’s that time of the year. The temperature starts to rise, the sun comes out again and all of a sudden the hay fever kicks in. Believe it or not, our furry friends can be just as sensitive to seasonal changes, food products and skin care products as we are. So as a pet owner, it’s important to know what to look for if you think your pet may be experiencing allergies.
Cats and dogs generally show similar allergy symptoms to their mums and dads, so if your pet is acting a bit out of the norm then this may be the result of allergies.
Here are a few signs to look for if you think your pet may be experiencing allergies:
- Itchy or red skin
- Runny eyes
- Itchy ears
- Paw chewing
- Non-stop licking
- Vomiting or diarrhea
Both dogs and cats can be allergic to a number of things that they will come across in everyday life. One of the most common causes for allergies in pets is grass, seeds and weeds. If you have a larger backyard, make sure you keep an eye on your pet to make sure that they aren’t having a reaction to anything they may have been sniffing around.
If your fur-child has been experiencing digestive issues, this could be a sign of potential food allergies. Yep, that’s right, your pet can be just as sensitive to different foods as us! Food allergies can be difficult to spot and an elimination diet may be the only way to pin point exactly what has been causing an upset stomach. If you think your pup or kitty may be experiencing food allergies, make sure you consult with your vet first before making any changes to your pet’s diet.
Cats and dogs can also be allergic to some medications, which can sometimes be a bit scary! Whether it’s flea or worming medication or even antibiotics, some sensitive pets may have a reaction. If you think this may be happening to your pet, make sure you consult a vet as soon as possible.
Consult your vet for solutions to food and medication related allergies. Medicating your pet from home could potentially cause more harm than good!
If your pet is experiencing allergic reactions to dust, grass and weeds there are a few easy steps you can take to make life more comfortable for them.
If they’re experiencing skin irritation, both cats and dogs can benefit from weekly baths using oatmeal shampoos and conditioners. Washing bedding and clothing weekly can also help reduce dust-based allergies. Cats may benefit from using unscented litter as well!
It’s important to remember that no matter the breed, any cat or dog may be susceptible to developing allergies at some point in their life. Make sure you consult your vet to work out the best allergy action plan for your furry friend.