If you think allergies only happen in the spring, think again! Seasonal allergies can also act up any time of year, and it’s as true for your furry friends as it may be for you. Pet allergies are often more of a nuisance than a danger; however, they can certainly be a drag for your four-legged companions. Fortunately, a vet can help by diagnosing allergies and recommending an effective treatment plan to help your pet feel better. At Henderson Animal Hospital in Winnipeg, we help our patients deal with allergies all year long.
How Do I Know If My Pet Has Allergies?
Pets experience many of the same symptoms as people when they have allergies. A runny nose and watery eyes are common. You might notice that your pet is sniffling or sneezing. However, allergies can make your pets itchy, so excessive licking or scratching may be a sign that your pet has allergies. Reddened skin can be a sign of your pet’s reaction to an allergen or the skin irritation it causes. Some less common symptoms of pet allergies include eye and ear infections, bumpy skin, hair loss, and even diarrhea.
What's Causing My Pet's Allergies?
Plants that bloom and pollinate in autumn are the most likely culprit. Ragweed, sagebrush, curly dock, goldenrod, and pigweed are all known to cause allergies in pets later in the year. Plus, pets can be allergic to mold and even dust mites, which might become more prevalent as temperatures drop, you close the windows, and your pet sheds less.
How Are Pet Allergies Diagnosed?
A veterinarian will start with a physical examination, including a close look at your pet’s skin. The vet may perform skin tests to identify specific allergens. Prepare to answer questions about your pet’s environment and activities to help your vet with the diagnosis.
After identifying the allergen, your vet may recommend medication, shampoos, desensitization, or environmental changes.
Visit a Veterinarian in Winnipeg
Contact Henderson Animal Hospital today in Winnipeg, MB, at 204-339-9295. Our qualified and caring team looks forward to helping your pet feel better.