Spring is primetime for pet allergies and did you know that, just like you, pets can have adverse reactions to the environment?
Have you noticed your pet itching more as the weather warms? Maybe you’ve watched your best friend wheezing or suffering through a runny nose this time of year. Like humans, pets can be allergic to grass, dust, pollen, and other environmental allergens.
Symptoms of allergies in pets are similar to ours and may include:
· Runny nose
· Watery, itchy and/or red eyes
· Itchy, flaky and/or red skin
In certain cases, a few lifestyle changes might be all that’s required to help ease allergies in pets. Frequent baths can remove allergens from your pet’s coat and wiping his feet before he comes inside can keep him from tracking allergens indoors. You should also vacuum and dust your home regularly to keep it allergen-free.
In many cases, though, your pet might require medication to help them cope with allergies. Like humans, we commonly rely on antihistamines and occasionally steroids if necessary.
For chronic allergies, our team has also seen the proven effectiveness of an oral medication called Apoquel. Apoquel targets the small proteins that cause allergic itch and inflammation in dogs. It’s safe for canines 12 months and older. It’s also quick-acting, bringing relief to dogs in roughly four hours after ingestion, and can be used on an on-going basis with few side effects.
If you think your pet might be suffering from allergies, call us at 503-446-2450. We’ll work together to make your pet comfortable and get them back to enjoying the great outdoors again!