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Do Pets Get Seasonal Allergies

Dogs and cats can get seasonal allergies. They can also be allergic to more than just one thing. The good news is that seasonal allergies in pets are treatable with help from your veterinarian. Our veterinarians at Coral Gables Animal Hospital in Coral Gables would like to discuss what you need to know about seasonal allergies in pets.

Causes of Seasonal Allergies in Pets

The causes of seasonal allergies in pets are the same as the causes of seasonal allergies in people. Pollen is the main culprit. Other allergens that increase in warmer weather include mold, dust, grass, and saliva from insect bites.

Signs of Seasonal Allergies in Pets

Pets react to allergies differently than people. Although some pets will show signs of sneezing, runny eyes, coughing, and a runny nose, the most common sign of seasonal allergies in dogs and cats is incredibly itchy skin. Your dog or cat will be scratching, licking, rubbing, or chewing all day long. Your pet may even wake from a sound sleep to scratch. The constant scratching produces bald patches, bleeding, and sores. He or she may get one ear infection after the other.

Diagnosing Seasonal Allergies in Pets

Your pet will need a hands-on examination and a skin scrape. Your pet may also need a blood test or a test of some fur. These tests help rule out other common causes of your pet’s symptoms. If the veterinarian suspects a seasonal allergy, your pet may be injected with a very tiny dose of an allergen like pollen. If the skin swells or turns red, then the allergen and the problem are identified.

Treating Seasonal Allergies in Pets

Pets often start with mild medication, which gets progressively stronger if the symptoms do not get better. These medications include pills, shampoos, sprays, and injections. Pets are given antibiotics if the skin has been broken open. Your pet’s diet may also need to be changed.

Is Your Pet Showing Signs of Seasonal Allergies?

If you think your pet has seasonal allergies and you live in the Coral Gables area, contact Coral Gables Animal Hospital to speak with one of our veterinarians. We will answer any questions that you may have regarding your pet’s allergies. Call our team today at (305) 667-5821 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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