Fall seasonal allergies in pets
Team Walmart Pets
June 18, 2021
Two common allergens for both humans and pets are ragweed and mold spores, which are both common in Autumn and fall months. These allergens can cause issues for people and pets who are sensitive to them, causing issues such as discharge from the nose and eyes, ear infections and itchy skin.
Fall seasonal allergy tips
If your pet is prone to suffering allergy symptoms during the fall, follow these tips to avoid potential flare-ups:
- Mold thrives in decaying vegetation, such as leaves. Once you’ve raked all the leaves from your yard into piles, be sure to bag them up to avoid mold growth.
- If your pet is sensitive to allergens, avoid or limit outdoor playtime, especially among the leaves. A good time for outdoor play is after a rainfall, though you may have to give your dog a bath after!
- Bump up the number of baths your pet gets during her peak allergy season. Twice weekly bathing can keep allergen levels down. Using soothing shampoos and creme rinses will help quiet irritated skin.
- Fleas and ticks can contribute to itchy skin. Be sure to use a monthly preventative, such as Frontline, regularly.
- Add omega-3 fatty acids to your pet’s diet, aka fish oil. In addition to contributing to healthy skin, they can be beneficial to your pet’s joints and cognitive function.
If your pet’s itch can’t be easily scratched, visit your veterinarian. Oral antihistamines or steroids may be necessary.
For persistent seasonal allergies, consider having your pet tested to determine the source of the trouble. Most pet insurance policies cover allergy testing for pets if signs and symptoms are present.
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