- Learn the warning signs! A pet may be having an allergic reaction if there is a sudden increase in licking, scratching, chewing, and rubbing or if there is odor inside the ears. These things will likely require veterinary attention.
- Pets are often allergic to the same pollens that humans are allergic to. The main difference is that many of these pollens are absorbed directly through the skin of dogs and cats. After coming indoors from a walk, take a damp washcloth or baby wipes to wipe down your pet’s coat and paws. This will help to keep allergy-inducing pollens from causing an allergic skin reaction.
- Warmer weather means more open windows and doors. Keep indoor allergens at bay by increasing vacuuming around the house.
- Dogs that like to go swimming in the warm weather may be more susceptible to skin infections, especially those with allergic skin disease. Whether they are swimming in a chlorinated pool, or in a pond or bay, it is best to hose them down afterwards.
- Allergy season also means the return of outdoor pests. Insect bites can make a dog or cat very itchy. Make sure your pet is maintained on a monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventative.