Fall Pet Allergies
Approximately 10% of dogs get environmental allergies. Veterinarians have reported that the number of allergy cases grows yearly. Here are some common clinical signs of pet allergies:
- Losing fur
- Sneezing, coughing
- Nasal and eye discharge
- Changes in their fur color
- Excessive scratching
- Chewing on body parts
Some of the most common areas affected by allergies are the face, ears, and paws. The most commonly affected areas are the face, ears, and paws. The list below is all of the breeds that are genetically more susceptible to allergies than others. This list includes: Dalmatians, Boxers, Bulldogs, Shepherds, Retrievers, Beagles, Irish Settlers, Terriers
Top Tips to Combat Allergies
- Bathing Regularly
Use a hypoallergenic shampoo to routinely bathe your pet. Regular bathing not only removes allergens but it also moisturizes the skin and washes away dirt and bacteria. Experts recommend a bath every 2-3 weeks.
- Foot Soaks
Throughout the day, your pet will be in contact with allergens, lawn chemicals, and other irritants. Giving your pet’s feet a good soak at the end of the day will lessen what they carry with them to sleeping areas. Feel free to go a step beyond that and wipe their paws after walks!
- Thoroughly Clean Carpet & Upholstery
Hire a professional to deep clean your carpets and upholstery. This will remove lingering allergens and dirt and improve air quality in your home. Keep your surfaces clean and vacuum every 5-7 days with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum.
- Remember to Close Windows and Doors
Common allergens like ragweed easily find their way into your home as plants wither in the fall. You can reduce the number of allergen access points by keeping your windows and doors closed.
- Diet and Supplements
Supplements like biotin and omega-3 can actually decrease itching and improve the health of your dog’s coat. Make sure you are also feeding your pet a balanced and healthy diet to make your pet happier and healthier.
- Allergy Treatments
Your pets can be tested and treated for severe allergies just like you can. These are the main methods of treatment:
- Injection: Depending on how serious the pet’s allergies are, owners may need to give their pets a shot every few days and gradually decrease the amount over time.
- Sublingual Immunotherapy under the Tongue (SLIT): Instead of giving your pet an injection, owners squeeze a pump of medication into the pet’s mouth.
Remember to always consult your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet or introducing new medical treatments.