May is over but allergy season is not. This time of year can trigger allergies in both humans and pets. From sneezing, itching, and runny noses, to rashes, swollen eyes and an increase in stress levels, allergies are more common in pets than owners may think! Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can educate pet owners and your staff on how to make this allergy season an enjoyable one for furry friends everywhere.
Cats or Dogs… Who Get’s it Worse?
Cats are less susceptible to the adverse effects of allergens such as pollen, mold, spores, and shifts in temperature but that doesn’t mean that they should be overlooked during allergy season! Cat owners must diligently check their pets’ skin for rashes, monitor their behavior for excessive licking and scratching, and make sure that their eyes remain clear of tears, redness, and swelling!
Dogs are a different story, however. While they may present many of the same symptoms as cats, they can have a more severe reaction to allergens. Biting, licking, scratching, and skin rashes are just a few of the symptoms that can affect dogs. Allergic reactions also tend to show in-between their toes, and on their paws, armpits, stomachs, hind legs, and rear ends!
Allergic reactions can even be more prevalent in one canine species over another! A few breeds that are at higher risk are;
- German Shepherds
- Golden Retrievers
- Cocker Spaniels and more.
Dr. Marty Becker shares his expertise on how allergens may be affecting pets, in this video below. Take a look.
Can Owners Prevent a Pet’s Allergic Reaction? Yes!
There are several preventative measures that pet owners can put in place if they suspect that their pet has allergies.
Bathe pets frequently. For years, it was believed that regularly bathing a pet was harmful to their skin and coats. Since this is no longer believed to be true, Dr. Marty Becker recommends that pet owners bathe their pets with cool water, along with the appropriate shampoo, to remove allergens from their coats.
Antihistamines may be needed. Just as humans, pets experience allergies differently. While some may need a cool bath on a weekly basis to keep allergic reactions at bay, others will need a little help from an antihistamine! Be sure to encourage pet owners to consult you and your team about the best medication for their pets, and discourage them from using the same products that humans do unless it is recommended by a professional.
Monitor a pets play time. Most pets love to spend time outside, especially in the early mornings or evenings after being cooped up inside while their owners are sleeping or are at work. While there is nothing wrong with giving pets their much-needed freedom, these times of the day can trigger their allergies even more! After a pet comes in from a romp outside, ensure that pet owners take the time to wipe down the pet’s legs and feet with a damp cloth.
Encourage a visit to the vet! Allergies can be harmful to pets, depending on severity, so be sure to always recommend to pet owners that they bring in their furry friends for a complete examination if they are showing signs of an allergic reaction! This will give you the chance to prescribe the correct treatments so that the pet does not have to suffer through allergy season.
What Can Your Practice Do To Help?
Allergy season is upon us, which means that your practice may become a little bit busier over the next few weeks, with pet’s that are sneezing, licking and scratching inflamed areas. As dogs are more susceptible to allergic reactions, there is a higher chance of allergens entering your practice on their hair, paws, and tails. The last thing you would like is for your practice to increase a pet’s allergic reaction. Thankfully, you can prevent the spread of these allergens, and any other disease that a pet may be bringing into the space, by cleaning surfaces regularly and efficiently!
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