Spring time, Allergy Time

Spring is right around the corner, at least that is what we are hoping for. 

For many out there, Spring is also the beginning of the dreaded allergy season.

Did you know that our pets can also suffer from seasonal allergies?

Commonly known as Atopy, it is the most common type of allergy in pets and it is usually seasonal.  In the Spring, our pets come in contact with seasonal allergens such as airborne mould, pollens and dust as it begins to float in the air. 

Signs:                       Chewing/Licking at feet

                                    Reddened ears

                                    Reoccurring ear infections with odor

                                    Excessive scratching of ears

                                    Redness and Inflammation of skin

                                    Severe itchiness

                                    Sores and scabs from scratching

Severe signs:       Breathing issues (more likely in cats)

There is a concern that due to constant scratching that it will inflame the skin which could cause a secondary infection on the skin.  This can be known as the itch-scratch- itch cycle.  This can cause hair loss, scabbing, skin having a crusty appearance and onset of infection.  Once the skin has reached this point it needs to be treated by your veterinarian. 

A veterinarian will be able to assess the level of irritation and work towards identifying the cause.  This may require looking at other allergy causing agents like food, detergents. Your Veterinarian will look at timing of the onset of symptoms as well as where are the most affected areas.  Typically Atopy Dermatitis is located on the feet, groin, face and ears.  Allergies may not be curable for your pet but they can be treated. 

Some of the treatment options that your vet may suggest:

Treatment:                  Medicated baths

                                    Supplements such as Omega for skin & coat

                                    Antibiotics for secondary skin infection

                                    Steroid injection (your vet will weigh the pros vs. cons)

Unlike some allergens which can be avoided, such as food type allergies, it can be impossible to control outside factors like pollens as they are carried in the air.  Seeking Veterinarian advice and following treatment will help reduce the degree of irritation and also any pain that your pet could be feeling. 

Then you and your pet can concentrate on what is really important.  The warmer weather.

Be Safe, Be Healthy & Be Happy,

Krista DeCarle

Royal Pooch Pet Services

Pet First Aid Instructor for Walks ‘N’ Wags