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Environmental Pet Allergies in Winnipeg

Not many pet owners are aware of this, but pets can get allergies just like people. At this time of year, many pets are exposed to allergens like pollen. Being able to recognize the signs of cat and dog allergies and knowing what you can do for your pet is important for your pet's comfort and health. Our Winnipeg veterinarians at Southglen Veterinary Hospital will discuss pet allergies and talk about your role as a pet owner.

beagle laying in the grass in Winnipeg

Common Causes of Pet Allergies

Pets can be allergic to many things in the environment, including:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Feathers
  • Dander
  • Mold
  • Cleaning products
  • Perfume

Recognizing the Signs

Knowing the signs of pet environmental allergies can help you determine whether or not your pet is allergic to something in the environment. Be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • Constant itching
  • Chewing on paws
  • Loss of hair in certain areas
  • Red, irritated spots on skin
  • Bleeding
  • Runny eyes
  • Itching eyes
  • Snoring
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Treating Your Pet’s Allergies in Winnipeg

If your pet is displaying allergy symptoms and you believe that your pet is allergic to something in its environment, there are many things you can do to help your pet:

  • Identify your pet's allergens. Take your pet to the veterinarian at Southglen Veterinary Hospital. Your pet's veterinarian can identify what's in the environment that's bothering your pet, which will give you a starting point for helping your pet.

  • Control your pet's environment. Once you know what's causing your pet's allergies, then you'll be able to keep your pet isolated from allergens. For example, if your pet is allergic to something naturally found in the air around your home, controlling the environment in your home can help make your pet feel more comfortable. Keep your windows closed and run your HVAC system at times of the year when allergies are a problem. Keep the air filter in your HVAC system clean, either by cleaning it or changing it regularly.

  • Bathe your pet. If your pet is allergic to pollen, bathing your pet can help keep the pollen off his or her skin. This can help your pet get more comfortable.

  • Remove anything from the environment that sets off your pet's allergies. If you discover that your pet's allergens are flowers or plants that grow on your own property, the best thing you can do for your pet is to remove those plants or flowers from your property. Switching your gardening choices can help improve your pet's quality of life.

Contact Our Veterinarian in Winnipeg Today!

If your pet is suffering from allergies, contact your local animal hospital at South Glen Veterinary Hospital. The veterinary services at South Glen can help you identify the source of your pet's trouble and can help you improve your pet's quality of life. Call us today at (204) 452-0077 to make an appointment.