New Season, New Allergies for Your Pets

By October 19, 2016 Pet Care No Comments

British kitten in autumn park, fallen leavesSpring is not the only time for allergy flare-ups. Every season brings new potential allergens, including fall. Plants change, things change in terms of dryness or moisture, and temperatures cool. If you find yourself sneezing and coughing with itchy, watery eyes, it may not necessarily be a cold; you may have allergies. Your pet may, too.

The Signs

Your pet may show signs of allergies much like yours:

  • Watery eyes and nose.
  • Sneezing and coughing.

Pets often experience their allergy symptoms on their skin. They may scratch far more often than normal, to the point that they lose hair and develop raw skin.

The Treatments

Like us, our pets usually adapt to these seasonal allergens with a little help. For a while, they may need something to take the edge off of the symptoms and block the cause. There are a variety of options to help your pet through what we know are frustrating symptoms:

  • Calming baths for itchy skin. These should be done at regular intervals, but not too often to prevent drying out your pet’s skin.
  • Eye and ear drops.
  • Antihistamines in the form of pills, or shots for more severe cases.
  • Vet-prescribed treatments.

The Adjustments

In order to help your pet acclimate to the new season, you’ll also need to make certain they’re in the best of health. Any other infections or problems could weak their immune system and make dealing with allergies more difficult. Make sure your pet is healthy, eating well, and do your best to limit their exposure to anything that may be causing the reactions. Dust and vacuum regularly, and other cleaning methods. Keep the windows closed and keep temperatures reasonable in the home—not too hot, not too cold. Try an air filtration system, if you don’t already have one.

If you’re concerned about your pet’s fall allergies, call us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We can give you advice on how to deal with them, or prescribe something to help.