Spring is here, the sun is shining, and it’s time to spend more time outside with your pet! As the weather changes and flowers begin to bloom, allergens are in the air and can cause real discomfort for your pet. Watching your pet deal with discomfort, itching, or red spots is never easy, and there are things we can do to help. First things first, it’s important to know what to look for. Your pet may be dealing with allergy issues if you notice:
- Itchy, red, moist, or scabbed skin
- Increased scratching
- Itchy back or base of tail (likely caused by a flea allergy)
- Itchy ears and ear infections
- Vomiting or diarrhea (food-related allergies)
- Snoring (because the throat is inflamed)
- Swollen paws/chewing on paws
- Constant licking
It’s not just grass, flowers, or the usual suspects causing discomfort for your pet. Each pet is unique and can have issues caused by different things. Some common pet allergens are:
- Pollens, grasses, plants, weeds, mold, and mildew
- Dust and dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Food ingredients, like wheat, soy, corn, meats, etc.
- Prescription drugs
- Fleas and flea preventive medications
- Cleaning products
- Cat litters
- Fabrics, rubber, and plastic materials
So you’ve noticed your pet has allergy issues, what happens next? We can help. Call us to schedule an appointment and get to the bottom of it! We’ll work to determine what’s causing their allergic reaction, which might require blood tests or changes in their diet. Treatments can range from special shampoo to a change in diet, and even certain medications that can cause a reduction in symptoms.
No two pets are the same, and the team at Oxford Veterinary Hospital will work hard to make sure that your pet’s discomfort is treated quickly and properly. Your pet will be thankful that you called us to help them feel better.