Worried you dog or cat could be allergic to pollen? Spring is in the air in Maumelle and North Little Rock and so is the pollen! Are you and your pets seeing yellow? With every gust of wind, along with it comes a layer of yellow dust which settles anywhere it can, covering cars, decks, not to mention the entire yard.
This is also the time of year that allergies are in full swing, but what about our pets? Do you worry about it causing a reaction for your pets? Do your cats go outside and roll in the pollen? When you walk your dogs are they picking it up from the paths?
Yes, your pets can suffer from allergies, just not in the typical ways we do. Your dog or cat will not be coughing and sneezing but more likely to be itching and scratching. Unlike humans they absorb the pollen thought their skin after it falls on their fur, ears and paw pads. You may notice hair loss, red skin, licking, and chewing especially where their skin comes in contact with the pollen.
According to the ASPCA here are other symptoms to look out for:
- Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
- Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
- Paw chewing/swollen paws
How You Can Help Them
A trip to the vet is the best course of action. Here are some preventatives and remedies you can try at home:
- Wipe your dog or cat’s coat with a damp towel to remove pollen and dander several times a day.
- Wiping your pets
- Give your pet a bath in a hypo-allergenic shampoo and leave in conditioner.
- Saturate your pet’s fur with a spray that contains oatmeal and aloe.
- Give your pet fish oil caplets – the omega-3 fatty acids they contain can decrease inflammation which in turn decreases reaction to allergens.
- Administer allergy medication like Benadryl – but make sure you do this under the counsel of a vet as the doses for humans are different than the doses for pets.
Is your pet allergic to pollen or other allergens? Share how you are treating them.