Pets Can Suffer From Many Of The Same Allergy Symptoms

pet-allergies

Sometimes its starts with a runny nose, maybe burning eyes. Then you start sneezing uncontrollably, while you can hardly breathe through your nose. Or maybe you have a different reaction, with big red welts all over your skin. Allergies affect millions of people all over the world, but sometimes we don’t realize that our pets are also suffering many of the same symptoms, with their own allergies and asthma problems. It is important to properly identify if your own cat or dog deals with allergies so that they too can get treatment, which is why we want everyone to be informed about what to look for when trying to diagnose your pet. As always, if you have any doubts, please take them to your local veterinarian.

Much like humans, our pets can suffer from many of the same symptoms, such as:

  • Red or runny eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy and/or red patches of skins
  • Itchy and infected ears

However, there are several symptoms that don’t appear in humans, making it more difficult for us to recognize when they might be having an issue. Itchy tails or lower backs, constant licking and chewing/licking of paws are a few that you need to be on the lookout for as a pet owner.

Like us though, what causes the allergies could be a myriad of things. Grass, trees, mildew, pollen, foods, clothing, smoke, perfume…the list could go on. Some are easier to discover than others, but it is not always obvious, which is why you should always talk to your veterinarian if you suspect your cat or dog has allergies. An easy example would be your local pollen count. If you notice your pet sneezing a lot with runny eyes and nose, then this would make it easier to medicate your animal during allergy season. As always, you know your pet best. Keep an eye on them throughout the year to make sure they are always feeling healthy and happy.

A cousin of allergies, asthma is also known to strike your loving pet friends. Like allergies, a lot of the same things can cause asthma attacks, such as smoke or pollen. Asthma generally affects cats more than dogs, but the symptoms are usually the same: coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing. Asthma is also potentially life threatening due to the lack of oxygen your pet receives when suffering from an asthma attack, so it pays to be extra vigilant if you know your pet is susceptible to asthma.

Overall, we at Espree just want to increase awareness about pet allergies and asthma, so that both you and your furry friends can rest easy, especially during allergy season. Always be on the lookout and talk to your vet if you have any questions.

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