Do dogs get allergies? Do cats get allergies? These are common questions that pet owners ask at this time of year. The answer is that pets can get allergies, just like people. At this time of year when flowers are in bloom and the pollen count is high, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of allergies in your pet. At Alta Rancho Pet and Bird Hospital, we see pets with allergies every spring, so we strive to educate our patients about the dangers and symptoms of pet allergies.
Pet Allergy Symptoms
If your pet has allergies, you’ll notice one or more of the following warning signs:
- Itchy skin and itchy paws. You may see your pet biting his or her back, rear and paws to find relief from itchy skin. Constant itching can result in tender, irritated skin, bleeding and even hair loss.
- Red, runny eyes. Your pet’s eyes may become red and itchy, and may also develop tears.
- Ear infections. Pets–especially dogs–can get regular ear infections when they’re experiencing allergy symptoms.
Allergy Treatment for Pets in Rancho Cucamonga
If you suspect that your dog has allergies, it’s important to get your pet to the veterinarian for treatment. Your pet’s vet will diagnose the problem and then provide allergy treatments such as steroids, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication or immune modulator therapy. Often we can test for specific allergies and start your pet on a desensitization program similar to the “allergy shots” that people receive.
You can also take an active role treating allergies in your pet. Your pet’s veterinarian will be able to tell you what to do. Common ways that you can provide treatment for your pet include:
- Clean your house one extra time per week.
- Find out what your pet is allergic to and eradicate those allergens from your property.
- Turn on your HVAC system and close your windows to improve your indoor air quality.
- Keep your pet’s bed and places where your pet spends most of his or her time extra clean.
For more information about how you can protect your pet from allergies, make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian today. Call Alta Rancho Pet and Bird Hospital at (909) 980-3575.