Amy R. Nickels, DVMS

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you are very familiar with the signs and symptoms. What you may not recognize are the signs when your pet’s allergies flare up. Allergies are more likely to affect your pet’s skin. If your dog or cat frequently licks or scratches when spring or summer arrives, allergies to pollen, grasses, or molds may be to blame.

Itching – Seasonal allergies can cause a constant, intense itch. Itching can occur around the eyes, mouth, feet, armpit, abdomen, thighs, and anus. In addition to scratching, your pet may drag its face or body against carpeting or other rough surfaces in order to gain relief.

Biting and Licking – Your pet will do anything to try to reduce the itching, including biting and licking the problematic areas. Unfortunately, this can result in hair loss, open sores and scabs. Sores can become infected which can make your pet even more uncomfortable.

Frequent Ear Infections – Symptoms of ear infections include scratching, redness, discharge, odor, excessive ear wax, crusts, or scabs.

Allergy medications can reduce your pet’s symptoms, but it’s important to check with your veterinarian before you give your pet any type of medication.

Do you think that your pet may be suffering from seasonal allergies? We can provide a diagnosis and offer treatment that will help them feel more comfortable. Call us at (931) 393- 2707 to schedule an appointment today!