Spring has arrived and so have seasonal allergies. Not only may you be feeling uncomfortable this allergy season, but your pets may also be suffering. Treating allergies in people is routine, but we may be forgetting that our pets cannot express that they may also need allergy relief. Dogs and cats can be affected by a variety of discomfort will help to keep your pets happy.
At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs, we have treated a wide variety of allergy triggers affecting pets throughout Colorado Springs, Black Forest, Peyton, Falcon, and Monument. We will bring your pet relief from allergies and you can return to enjoying our beautiful Colorado Springs days.
What Causes Pet Allergies?
We love to be outside with our pets. In some cases, enjoying the outdoors can turn a fun afternoon into an evening of discomfort. Environmental allergy triggers often include:
· Chemicals used in the home and outdoors
Pet Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms in dogs and cats may appear in ways that are similar to human allergies. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us to schedule an appointment. Pet allergy symptoms include:
· Dermatitis: Redness, skin irritation, and excessive scratching which can lead to rubbing their face and body on carpet in order to alleviate itchiness.
· Excessive biting and chewing of legs and paws which can lead to open sores, scabs, and hair loss.
· Discharge from ears and nose.
· Fluid buildup in the ears which can lead to head shaking and scratching.
Reducing Pet Allergy Symptoms
Allergy testing will help to narrow down triggers and determine the most effective method of treatment. Until you can have allergy testing done for your pet, you can help reduce the discomfort by making easy changes to your pet’s routine.
· Vacuuming and cleaning regularly will reduce pollens that have settled in your home.
· Dog and cat food with anti-inflammatory ingredients will help to reduce skin irritation.
· Changing and washing linens frequently, such as dog bed covers, bed sheets, and couch covers.
· Giving your dog a bath after being outdoors, including a thorough cleaning of paws, will help remove dander and pollen.
· Training your dog to wear boots on their paws will reduce the allergens that can get in between their paw pads.
Treating Pet Allergies: How Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic Can Help
At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, we understand that allergies affect the quality of life for both you and your pet. If you suspect that your dog or cat may be experiencing allergy symptoms or discomfort, Contact us to schedule an exam. Our wellness exams will check the condition of your pet’s skin, ears, nose, and eyes for possible signs of allergic reactions. We can also perform additional allergy testing, including blood work, to narrow down your pet’s allergy triggers. The loving staff and expert care at Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic will bring comfort to both of you during this uncomfortable time.