If you have seasonal allergies, you are very familiar with the symptoms of the condition, but your pet experiences different symptoms when seasonal allergies flare up. Allergies are more likely to affect your pet’s skin. If your dog or cat frequently licks or scratches its skin when spring or summer arrives, allergies to pollen, grasses or molds may be to blame.
Itching – Seasonal allergies can cause a constant, intense itch. If your dog or cat cannot seem to stop scratching, allergies may be the reason. Itching can occur around the eyes, mouth, feet, armpit, abdomen, thighs, and anus. In addition to scratching, your pet may also drag its face or body across carpeting or other rough surfaces in an attempt to gain some relief.
Biting and Licking – Your pet will do anything to try to reduce the itching, including biting and licking its skin. Unfortunately, biting, licking, and scratching can result in hair loss, open sores, and scabs. Sores can become infected, which can make your pet even more uncomfortable.
Frequent Ear Infections – Seasonal allergies can cause ear infections. Symptoms of ear infections in cats and dogs include scratching, redness, discharge, odor, excessive ear wax, and crusts or scabs.
Allergy medications can reduce your pet’s symptoms, but it’s important to check with a veterinarian before you give your dog or cat any type of medication.
Do you think that your pet may have seasonal allergies? We can provide a diagnosis and offer treatment that will help our pet feel more comfortable. Call us to schedule an appointment today!
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