Spring is coming and soon it will be time to open up the windows and let the fresh air in. I’m sure the dog owners are looking forward to spending more time outside, enjoying the warmer weather with the dog after being cooped up inside all winter. But it’s also the time of year when those pesky allergies can kick in, and those allergens not only affect us, they also can affect your furry family members.
While the blossoming trees, green grass and blooming flowers all look beautiful, the pollen that comes with them is not so nice. Seasonal allergies are quite common in cats and dogs. Here are some signs that your pet may have seasonal allergies:
- Intense scratching and chewing
- Excessive licking of paws (most common in dogs)
- Ear infections
- Respiratory issues, such as wheezing, sniffling, and sneezing (more common in cats)
If you’re concerned that your pet may have an allergy, contact your veterinarian to discuss treatment options that will make him or her more comfortable.
This also is the season for a reminder about plant safety, since new growth is coming in the yard, and you may be bringing fresh flowers into your home. For a full list of plants that are toxic to cats and dogs, please read more here.
Just some tips and reminders to make sure we all can enjoy Spring!