We all know that along with Spring comes all kinds of allergies that make our eyes water, noses run and throats itch. Truth is, we're not the only ones who suffer from allergies when the flowers and trees begin to bloom; our four legged friends feel the pain as well.
Take for example Hay Fever. This is caused by inhaling allergens like pollens and molds. Just like people, our pets are often allergic to these same pesky allergens but their signs of illness manifest themselves differently. While we humans may be weepy and sniffling, our pets symptoms tends to show up as irritated, itchy skin.
Many pets begin to show signs when they are as young as six to seven months, and almost all allergic pets develop problems by three to five years of age. And while these types of allergies usually begin as seasonal itching during spring or summer, they eventually may become a year-round problem.
The best way to combat your pets' allergies is with antihistamines and corticosteroids which should help stem the incessant itching and inflammation. Longer-term treatment involves eliminating the annoying allergens via things like flea control or with a hypoallergenic diet. If the allergen cannot be eliminated, your veterinarian may recommend a series of shots meant to gradually desensitize your pet to the offending allergen(s).
So as spring rolls in and then over to summer, make sure you keep you furry friends protected during allergy season. It will save them from the scratch, scratch, scratch and you from that thump, thump, thump.