24 Aug Pets struggle with spring allergies too! Look out for these 5 signs
Our canine and feline pals can also get the sniffles and discomforts that come with the budding flowers of spring. Being aware of the signs that your pet may be struggling with allergies can help you take prompt action to make sure your pet stays healthy and comfortable.
What are common spring allergens for dogs and cats?
Dogs, much like their human companions, can be allergic to a plethora of environmental factors. Cats, though often more indoor-oriented than dogs, are equally at risk of spring allergies. Their symptoms can sometimes be even more subtle. Come springtime, these are the common allergens that may trouble your pooch or cat:
Tree, grass, and weed pollens: These widespread airborne allergens can lead to sneezing, itching, and more.
Mould spores: Emerging from damp winter conditions, these spores can be airborne and inhaled. Present both outdoors and indoors, mould spores can be a nuisance for cats as well as dogs.
Flea and tick bites: Spring is prime time for these pests, and some dogs and cats are particularly allergic to their bites.
Dust mites: These mites thrive in warmer conditions and can cause issues even before spring truly sets in.
Household cleaning products: Spring cleaning or a change in household products can introduce a range of chemicals that might be irritants and can lead to allergic reactions.
What dog breeds are prone to spring allergies?
While any dog can develop allergies, certain breeds are predisposed to them. If you’re a pet parent to any of these breeds, be extra vigilant:
- Terriers such as West Highland White Terrier and Boston Terrier
- English Setter and Irish Setters
- Golden Retrievers and Labradors.
Remember, every dog is an individual, so even if your pet doesn’t belong to these breeds, they could still develop spring allergies.
5 signs that your pet is impacted by spring allergies
As a responsible pet parent, these are the signs you should be on the lookout for:
Constant itching and scratching: Allergies often cause a reaction on the skin. If your pet is always scratching, especially around the face, ears and feet, this could be a sign.
Inflamed skin: Allergies can cause red, warm and broken skin.
Chewing and/or licking at their paws: Dogs often chew or lick their irritated paws, which can lead to more inflammation and possible yeast infections between the toes.
Ear infections: Continuous scratching at the ears or head shaking might indicate an ear infection, often a result of allergies.
Respiratory issues: Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing can be signs of an allergic reaction, especially in cats.
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