When Spring rolls around, many people across the country are once again faced with the problem of Spring allergies. A runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and a scratchy throat are just a few of the not-so-lovely symptoms of seasonal allergies. Fortunately for us humans, we can feel when our allergies are coming on and can treat them, either by means of natural and holistic methods or by taking allergy medication.
Spotting Allergies in Your Pet
For our pets, though, it might not be as easy to tell if or when they have allergies and unfortunately, they can’t tell us themselves. It’s important to keep a close eye on your pet when allergy season comes around, though, because he or she might be struggling with symptoms of allergies without you even knowing it. To help ensure your pet stays in tip-top health all year long, watch out for these three symptoms of seasonal allergies in your pets:
1) Frequent sneezing or coughing: If your pet is sneezing or coughing more than normal, it may be time to take a trip to the vet. Environmental irritants could be infiltrating your pet’s nose and throat and bothering their sinuses or natural breathing patterns. If it’s just a couple sneezes, it’s probably normal. If it persists, go in for a check up.
2) Red eyes, teary eyes, or eye discharge: Pollen and other pesky environmental allergens can easily make their way into your pet’s eyes and cause serious discomfort or an eye infection. If you notice any discharge in your pet’s eyes or see that they are especially teary or red, you may want to get him or her checked our for allergies.
3) Scratching and/or licking certain spots compulsively: For some pets, allergens actually cause skin reactions, which can lead to seriously obsessive scratching or licking. Those actions, if not stopped, can lead to hot spots on your pet’s body, which are essentially bald, red spots from which the hair or fur has been worn away. If you ever see your pet bothering a hot spot, do your best to stop them and prevent them from continuing until you can get to a vet.
Don’t Wait for Treatment
Just like in humans, allergies in dogs, cats, or other animals can come on quickly, so if you notice your pet is exhibiting any symptoms of allergies, don’t delay in taking them to the vet. The quicker you are to catch the issues, the easier (and cheaper!) they will be to treat.
As always, keep a watchful eye on your pet and if you notice anything out of the norm, a trip to the vet never hurts.