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Posted on 10-12-2017

Spotting and Treating Seasonal Allergies in Pets

Seasonal allergies aren't just for humans.  At the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County, our practice sees many dogs and cats who suffer from a variety of allergy-related problems associated with specific seasons. However, seasonal pet allergies may take forms that are quite different from what humans see in themselves.

Puppies playing in a leaf pile.

Watch for Skin Irritation

Itchiness and other skin problems are some of the most common manifestations of seasonal pet allergies. Look for redness and irritation on the paws, which are the most likely to come in contact with grass, pollen, and other allergens. Be sure to check the ears as well – their thin skin is prone to irritation. Of course, you should also observe your pet's behavior. Excessive scratching, licking, and face-rubbing indicate uncomfortable skin.

Look for Head Shaking

Head shaking and other such behaviors indicate a problem with the ears. Inflammation caused by allergies can even cause a foul odor. Since both of these signs can also be symptoms of infection or ear mite infestation, you should definitely take your pet to your veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County if you observe these things. Proper and early diagnosis allows for a fast resolution of the problem and keeps it from getting worse.

Red, Puffy Eyes

This one works the same as in humans. When the eyes are exposed to irritants like pollen and dust, they get red and swollen.

How Our Veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County Can Help

The first thing our vet will do is examine your pet to confirm the diagnosis of allergies. As previously mentioned, problems like mites and infections can sometimes mimic seasonal conditions.

Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor will recommend solutions as appropriate. These can include special soothing soaps, anti-flea medications, dietary supplements, and antihistamines. For very stubborn cases, corticosteroids may be prescribed. These may be in topical, oral or injected form.

Contact the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County for More Information Today!

If your pet is suffering from intense itchiness, inflamed skin, ear problems, or red eyes, make an appointment with our office in Ferndale NY. The Animal Hospital of Sullivan County is the experts in pet care Sullivan County residents turn to for all of their companion pets’ needs. Contact us today at 845-292-6711.

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