It’s Allergy Season Again – Can our Pets Suffer too?

It’s Allergy Season Again – Can our Pets Suffer too?

Sniffles and sneezes. Itchy eyes. A runny nostril. We are all too conscious of those frequent allergy signs in people, significantly now as we enter hay fever season – however do you know that some pets can undergo from allergy symptoms too?

Leading vet charity, PDSA, provides recommendation for house owners to assist determine the indicators and signs to look out for in our furry associates.

PDSA Vet Nurse, Nina Downing, stated: “An allergy is when the physique’s immune system over reacts to a substance, viewing it as a dangerous ‘invader’. Common allergy triggers embrace pollen, mud, an insect chew and even sure varieties of meals. Ahead of Pet Allergy Week (26 – 30 April), we’ve recognized the highest three varieties of allergy symptoms that mostly have an effect on our pets.”

Environmental Allergies

“The ones we all know all too effectively, as they are typically the most typical, are environmental allergy symptoms. Those that set off a response after we come into contact with them in our environment, like mud mites, storage mites, mud, pollen and mold.

“A runny nostril, watery eyes and shortness of breath are telltale indicators of hay fever in people, however these indicators are a lot rarer in our four-legged counterparts. Sore eyes, delicate paws, purple and sore wanting pores and skin, grooming an excessive amount of, rubbing their ears, shaking their heads and basic scratching can point out that our pets could also be affected by seasonal allergy symptoms”.

Flea Allergies
“Fleas may trigger issues for our pets and make itchy pores and skin worse, so common flea therapy is important.

“Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) is a typical pores and skin illness in our pets, particularly in cats. Even one flea chew could cause extreme itching to a flea-allergic pet. Signs to search for embrace bumps, scabs, hair loss, extreme grooming and even ulcers and infections.”

Food Allergies

Nina says: “Food allergy symptoms happen when our pet’s immune system overreacts to a number of substances of their meals, which then triggers an immune response. So it’s a good suggestion to look at how your pet responds to any new meals or treats you give them, within the type of a meals diary.

“This is an effective way to maintain monitor of which meals could trigger irritation and assist decide the issue ingredient for future suppers. Talk to your vet about one of the best ways to do that and which food regimen will greatest fit your pet.”

“With spring now in full bloom and the sunnier evenings returning, there’s nothing we or our pets love greater than heading outdoors and embracing nature, be it within the park or the backyard! That’s why it’s essential to hunt assist out of your vet proper from the primary symptom. Don’t let these allergy symptoms get in the way in which of some summer season enjoyable, for you or your companion!”

Check out the PDSA Pet Store for remedies to assist your pet.

PDSA is the vet charity for pets in want, stopping pointless struggling via therapy and schooling. Support from gamers of People’s Postcode Lottery helps PDSA attain much more pet house owners with important recommendation and knowledge. To assist the charity’s important work, go to pdsa.org.uk.

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