How to deal with spring pet allergies
Allergies are reactions of the body to a type of substances that the immune system identifies as harmful. This type of reaction can be caused by many different agents: food, environment, drugs …
In today’s post, we will focus on those related to the arrival of spring. In this season of the year allergies are triggered by the environmental situation such as the rise of temperatures or the flowering of the plants.
One of the most common allergies that our pets suffer is that generated by dust mites, but there are many others, such as those related to pollen or flea or wasp bites.
Manifestation of an allergy
The way in which an allergy can manifest itself can vary, affecting the skin, mucous membranes or the respiratory system. Among the most common symptoms are itching, hives, swelling, hives on the skin, tearing, red eyes or nasal congestion, and as the situation worsens, coughing, breathing difficulties, vomiting or diarrhea may appear.
How to deal with it
It is important to know how to differentiate if our furry suffers from a mild allergy or a serious one, since we have to act in different ways. In the case of a mild allergy, it is possible that by avoiding contact with the allergen or using specific products, we will solve the problem. On the other hand, if it is a serious allergy, such as that related to pollen or mites, it is necessary to take more specific measures since they are very common allergens that are continuously in the environment.
In case you have the suspicion or confirmation that your pet suffers some type of allergic reaction, the first thing you should do is go to the veterinarian or a veterinary emergency service as soon as possible so that they can do a complete examination of the animal, treat it immediately and follow up on its progress.
It is very important to act quickly because the life of our animal may be in danger. Once the animal is recovered, it is important to locate the allergy in order to avoid it and know how to act in case it happens again. Depending on the allergy, your pet may need medication or even remain under observation for a few hours.
Some tips to minimize and control the effects
Apart from the aforementioned with respect to the veterinarian, we leave you some tips that can help minimize the effects of allergies
- Collars, pipettes or other antiparasitic products: it is essential to protect our animals against bites of fleas, ticks and other insects that can cause allergies.
- Deep cleaning: it is important to clean them well after going for a walk or if they go outside. Thoroughly wash the legs, between the pads, the ears, the eyes … in case there are any remaining pollen or parasites.
- Baths with specific products: taking more common baths and using dermatological products can be a very effective way to avoid allergic reactions.
In conclusion, it is very important to be alert during this season to prevent possible allergies and protect our furry ones!