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.
Regular Veterinary Check-ups: Your veterinarian is the best resource for diagnosing and managing your pet's allergies, ensuring they receive the most effective and personalized care.
Medications and Immune Modulators: Depending on the severity of your pet's allergies, your veterinarian may prescribe antihistamines, corticosteroids, or immune modulators to alleviate symptoms and provide long-term relief. These treatments require professional expertise and monitoring to ensure their safety and effectiveness. By bringing your pet to the veterinarian, you can discuss the most suitable options.
Treating Secondary Infections: It is imperative to treat any secondary infection. This can include topical and/or systemic antibiotics or anti-fungal agents.
Allergen Avoidance: Minimize your pet's exposure to allergens by following your veterinarian's advice. They can provide specific guidance on keeping your pet indoors during peak pollen times, wiping their paws after outdoor excursions, and implementing measures to reduce indoor allergens. Additionally, your veterinarian can recommend proper ear care and other preventive measures to avoid complications such as ear infections.
Bathing and Grooming: Regular bathing using veterinarian-recommended hypoallergenic shampoos can help remove allergens from your pet's skin and coat. Grooming also aids in preventing matting and reducing the amount of allergens trapped in the fur. Your veterinarian can provide further advice on the frequency and techniques for bathing and grooming your pet.
Nutritional Support: Your veterinarian can guide you on dietary options that promote skin and coat health for allergy relief. They may recommend specific diets or supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation and support overall well-being.
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.