It’s that time of year in Ohio. Fall brings with it wind, moisture and seasonal allergies for both humans and pets. Seasonal pet allergies are probably more common than most people think. Dogs are especially prone to triggers like pollen, dust, and mold growing on wet leaves and grass. Even a dog that has never shown signs of being allergic can develop the problem suddenly.
It’s important for pet owners to be aware of the possibility of allergies as we head into the fall season and to bring pets in to see a member of our care team in Springboro at the first sign that the dog or cat is suffering.
How to Spot an Allergic Reaction
A pet experiencing an allergic reaction will most likely itch. With an irritating itch comes the need to scratch, so that is the first sign pet owners are likely to notice. The scratching may be localized or seem more like an all over itch that doesn’t go away get resolved.
In addition to excess itching, pet owners might see:
Often pets with allergies will experience problems like ear infections or sudden changes in fur color. For example, white fur may turn brown due to staining from saliva or tears.
When Should You Take Your Pet to the Pet Center for Allergies?
Springboro residents who notice symptoms of allergies will want to have their pet looked at by one of our vets. The scratching can lead to breaks in the skin that may become infected. Excess mucus can make it difficult for your furry friend to breathe, too. If the symptoms last for an extended period or become chronic, the vet can provide relief. Consult the vet if your pet seems lethargic or in pain, as well, because that may indicate an infection possibly related to an allergy. Don’t try to give your animal any medications off the shelf like antihistamines without calling our office first.
What About Home Care?
There are things pet owners can do at home to provide some comfort until you can get to the pet center. Do the same things you would do for any family member suffering from seasonal allergies. Vacuum and dust daily to remove potential irritants from the home. Keep the windows closed when possible even if it means running the air conditioner a little longer this year. In addition, bath them regularly and wash all pet bedding weekly. Do not allow your pet to sleep on wet bedding because there may be mold.
If you do notice open areas on the skin, keep them clean to reduce the risk of infection. Any animal who is struggling to breathe or has pus draining from the skin, nose, ears or eyes needs immediate attention by one of our vets.
Seasonal allergies don’t have to interfere with quality of life for you or your pets. See the Dr. Gary Beall to identify the cause and get treatment, so your best fur friend can enjoy the beautiful Ohio fall weather with the whole family.