Preventing Springtime Allergies in Pets

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for pets that suffer from allergies. However, springtime allergies can be managed successfully if you know what to do—try these tips from a Cambrian veterinarian to help your pet deal with their seasonal allergy symptoms.

Medication

Of course, allergy medications are the first line of defense for a pet suffering from seasonal allergic reactions. Just as for humans, these medicines have proven to be very effective in reducing or eliminating the symptoms in pets. Talk to your veterinarian about the various medicine that your pet can take to relive the itching, sneezing, watery eyes, and runny noses of allergy season.

Keep a Clean Home

Do your part around your home to reduce the likelihood of allergic reactions in your pet. Running air filters in multiple rooms is a great way to keep the air free of pollen, dust, and dirt. Keep windows closed, dust your home frequently, and vacuum regularly. Remember to wash your pet’s bed frequently as well. Ask your vet about other great ways to reduce allergens inside your home.

Medicated Shampoos

Some pets benefit from medicated shampoos, used during regular bathing sessions. They help soothe inflammation in the skin and reduce your pet’s itching. Call your veterinarian’s office today to ask about these products. Once you have a recommendation for your particular pet, you can ask for advice on using the shampoo properly and how to bathe your pet successfully.

Outdoor Advice

Generally, pollen levels outdoors are highest in the early morning and late evening. If at all possible, keep your pet indoors during these peak allergen times. Whenever your pet does come in from the great outdoors, take a few minutes and rinse off her feet. This will keep pollen, dust, dirt, mold, and any other allergens from coming in contact with your pet later.

Consult your Cambrian vet to further assist your pet in dealing with springtime allergies. Your cat or dog will be able to go about their business normally in no time!

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