You’re not the only one suffering from allergies this fall! It’s possible that your pet is experiencing uncomfortable seasonal allergy symptoms as well. Allergens saturate the air this time of year, especially in Florida where the temperatures don’t cool down quickly.
Just like you rely on a daily antihistamine to survive your worst allergy symptoms, your pet needs appropriate medical care to avoid and prevent the discomfort that develops as a result of seasonal allergies. Here’s what you should know to keep your furry friend comfortable during allergy season and beyond.
Does Your Pet Have Seasonal Allergies?
Rather than the respiratory tract symptoms that humans experience, dogs and cats are prone to skin irritation and inflammation called allergic dermatitis. You’ll notice your pet struggling with very itchy skin and the following symptoms:
- Scratching excessively
- Biting and chewing certain spots
- Rubbing against vertical or horizontal surfaces to stop itching
Unfortunately, this itch and scratch cycle causes your pet’s skin to become even more inflamed and tender to the touch. Your pet will eventually experience hair loss, scabbing, and open sores on the skin if his allergies are not treated. Continue reading “What to Do If Your Pet Has Seasonal Allergies”