But did you know that your furry families can be experiencing those pesky seasonal allergies, too?
Yes, they can.
Just like people, our pets can show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to realize everyday allergens as dangerous.
Despite these allergens being common in many environments and fairly harmless to most animals, our furry families can present extreme reaction if they are allergic.
These allergens can pose an issue if inhaled, contact our pet’s skin, or when they’re ingested.
As our pet’s bodies attempt to rid themselves of these substances, this is why a slew of digestive, respiratory or skin symptoms may appear.
Generally, allergens in pets will present through these symptoms:
- Itchy, red or scabbed skin
- An increase in scratching
- Runny eyes
- An itchy back or base of the tail
- Ear infections
- Chewing on paws
- Constant licking
While any breed of dog can develop allergies over the course of their life, allergic reactions appear to surface most commonly in Setters, Terriers, Retrievers, and Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston terriers.
Substances that our pets can be allergic to include tree, grass and weed pollens; mold spores, dust and dust mites, dander, feathers, cigarette smoke, perfumes, cleaning products and certain fabrics – just to name a few.
Because we want our furry families to be as healthy and comfortable as they can be, if they present with any allergy symptoms, a visit to a trusted vet resource for a check-up is a good idea.
Here’s to a happy and healthy Spring for humans and pets, alike!