Understanding Your Pet’s Allergies
Did you know that pets can actually develop allergies just like humans? Well almost just like us anyway. Autumn tends to be one of the tougher seasons for pets with allergies. Nobody wants their furry family to feel uncomfortable but it can be difficult to detect their allergy attacks. Here are a few of the common clinical signs of pet allergies.
- Loss of fur
- Frequent sneezes
- Regular coughing
- Nasal and eye boogers
- Fur changes its normal color
- Excessive scratching
- Chewing on their body parts.
The most commonly affected areas are the face, ears, and paws.
With dogs particularly, certain breeds are genetically more susceptible to allergies. These breeds include:
- Irish Settlers
How to Combat Pet Allergies
Bathe Them Regularly
Give your pet a bath with a hypoallergenic shampoo every 2-3 weeks. Bathing helps to not only remove allergens but also moisturize the skin and wash away dirt and bacteria.
Soak Their Feet
If your pet has a habit of stepping in irritants like lawns and leafs then soaking their feet can help soothe them. It also limits the contaminants they track into their sleeping area at the end of the day. Wiping or soaking their paws after a walk can make a bigger difference than you might think.
Clean Your Carpet and Upholstery
Close Windows and Doors
Ragweed and other common allergens are easily transferred into the home as plants continue to wither in the fall. Reduce the number of access points for allergens to enter your home by keeping doors and windows closed.
Check Their Diet & Supplements
Supplements such as biotin or omega-3 can decrease itching and improve the health of your dog’s coat.
Find Good Allergy Treatments
If you thought you were having allergies, you’d probably go to a doctor to be tested and treated. You should do the same for your pet. Consult with your vet to find the right treatment. It will more than likely be one of the following two things.
- Injection: Depending on the severity of the pet’s allergies, owners may need to give their pets a shot every few days, gradually decreasing the amount over time.
- Sublingual Immunotherapy under the Tongue (SLIT): Instead of giving an injection, owners squeeze a pump of medication into the pet’s mouth.
San Juan County Chem-Dry is a pet-friendly operation! We’re happy to clean up their accidents for you, and also give them an allergy-free home through our cleaning services. Call us today to learn more.