April Showers Bring… Spring Skin Allergies in Pets

 

There is something more threatening in spring than warmer weather and new growth, and that is pollen. This yellow substance triggers irritation in people as well as pets and can cause a variety of signs in suffering pets. Learn more about spring skin allergies and how to treat them.

 

Causes of springtime allergies in pets

While pollen in the grass and air is one of the top causes of springtime skin allergies in pets, other substances also may cause a reaction, such as:

  • Dust mites
  • Ragweed
  • Mold
  • Flea bites
  • Dander

 

Some pets may have year-round allergies, but experience flare-ups in the spring when pollen production kicks into high gear. If your pet is prone to itching all year long, keep a close eye on them to ensure they remain comfortable through this particularly itchy season.

 

Skin allergy signs in pets

Generally, people with allergies display their hypersensitivity through respiratory symptoms, such as sneezing and red, watery eyes. Pets, on the other hand, are more likely to develop skin issues when exposed to allergens. If your furry pal has allergies, they may show the following signs:

  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Itching and scratching
  • Excessive shedding or hair loss
  • Licking at paws
  • Shaking head
  • Scratching at ears
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Hot spots

 

Pets with allergies can experience a flare-up seemingly overnight, with their skin appearing calm and comfortable one day, and hot spots and an ear infection showing up the next day. If you know your pet has allergies, monitor them closely during their itchiest times of the year to get a jump on flare-ups.

 

Managing skin allergies in pets

Managing allergies in pets can be challenging. As your pet grows older, their allergies change, requiring constant adjustment of their treatment. Therapies to manage allergies in pets can include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Allergy injections (i.e., immunotherapy)
  • Targeted anti-itch medications, such as Apoquel and Cytopoint
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Oral and topical antibiotics for skin infections
  • Ear cleaners and medications

 

Remember what worked well for your pet one season may not work as well the next, so be open to trying new treatments.

 

Contact our team if your furry pal is suffering from springtime skin allergies.