As spring blooms and summer approaches, Let's discuss a common concern for many pet owners: seasonal allergies.
You may ask why a Veterinary Urgent Care is concerned about allergies? It's simple really! Pet allergies are uncomfortable! They are itchy, scratchy, and stinky! We are here for you and your pets to get the care they need now!
It's essential to be familiar with the signs of seasonal allergies. The most obvious is that the symptoms will coincide with a change in the seasons. This is a big differentiator to food allergies that will be seen year-round.
Commonly, seasonal allergies manifest as ear and skin infections, so look out for symptoms such as shaking their head, scratching at their ears, a foul odor, or discharge from the ears, excessive scratching, biting, licking, rubbing their face against objects, red or inflamed skin, hair loss, hot spots, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, and even gastrointestinal issues like vomiting or diarrhea.
If you observe any of these signs, it's crucial to take immediate action and bring your pet to the veterinarian for a comprehensive evaluation. These symptoms are very uncomfortable, and while on their own, may not be an emergency, as a pet continues to lick, chew or scratch, it can lead to secondary infections that can be severe needing systemically acting medications.
Seasonal allergies are typically caused by outdoor allergens, especially during spring and summer when plants are in full bloom. Understanding the specific allergens that trigger your pet's allergies is crucial in managing their condition effectively.
Your pet's comfort and well-being are our top priorities. If you suspect your pet is experiencing seasonal allergies or displaying any signs of discomfort, don't hesitate to call on us! By acting promptly, we can help you and your pet with the relief and comfort they deserve.