Managing your pets allergies
Spring is a time for rejuvenation and renewal. The sun starts shining, the birds begin to chirp, and flowers once again start blooming. It's also the season when allergies can come out to play, and pet owners need to take extra precautions to ensure their furry friends are taken care of. Dog allergies present themselves with symptoms such as itching and skin problems. A dog sneezing is indicative that it may have allergies. They can also be linked to ear issues and less frequently to mild eye or respiratory issues. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to care for your pet during allergy season.
Consult Your Veterinarian
Your veterinarian can help you determine if your pet has allergies. They may recommend medications or topical treatments to manage symptoms. In some cases, allergy shots may be necessary to help your pet. Most allergies are inhaled and can affect the body as a whole, some allergies are to certain foods or by direct contact with the allergen your pet is allergic to, so it's best to consult with your veterinarian to help identify the cause of the allergy. A dog allergy and cat allergy are best managed by avoiding the allergen.
Limit Exposure to Pollen
Pollen is a significant trigger for dog allergies during spring. If possible, try to walk your dog early in the morning as this is when pollen counts are at their lowest. Wiping your dog down after walks and using an air purifier can also reduce the amount of pollen in your home. You can also try walking in low pollen areas such as the beach or a park instead of a meadow.
Bathe Your Pet Regularly
Bathing your pet regularly can help reduce allergens in their fur. Use a gentle shampoo to avoid drying out their skin. It's also a good idea to brush your pet's coat after a bath to remove any loose hair. A quick dog bath to clean their feet after grassy walks and wiping down their fur with a damp cloth can help to reduce allergens left on your dog.
Keep Your Pet's Teeth Clean
Keeping your pet's teeth clean is essential for their overall health. Dental problems can cause inflammation, which can worsen dog allergy symptoms or cat allergy symptoms. You can use a dog dental chew and brush your pet's teeth to help prevent dental problems. Dog teeth cleaning is essential as poor dental care can lead to tartar buildup and gingivitis.
Get Your Pet Regular Exercise
Regular exercise is essential to maintain your pet's health. It can also help reduce stress, and being stressed can worsen allergy symptoms. Take your dog for daily walks and provide plenty of toys for your cat to play with. We suggest walking early in the morning as pollen counts tend to be lower.
Allergies can be a real problem for pet owners, but taking the right precautions can help minimise symptoms. If you expect your pet to have allergies, call us on 020 8459 4729 to book an appointment. Enjoy the spring sunshine with your pet by your side, and don't let allergies get in the way!