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Winnipeg Veterinarian Offers Relief for Pet Allergies

When your start sneezing, itching and feeling generally miserable during certain times of the year, your pet may be feeling the same way. Just like with people, pet allergies are on the rise and to alleviate discomfort, they need the help of Southglen Veterinary Hospital, your Winnipeg veterinarian.Dog in a field in Winnipeg

Why Do Pets Get Allergies?

Pets develop allergies the same way we do. When pets come into a substance repeatedly, their immune system manufactures a protein that adheres to skin cells, which are called tissue mast cells. This results in the release of histamines. Symptoms develop after your pet has been exposed to the allergen for a period of time, which is when the suffering sets in that’s when our animal hospital can help.

What Are Seasonal Pet Allergies?

Seasonal changes bring along new allergens. In the spring and summer, the usual culprits include trees, grass, weed pollens, flea bites, and mold spores. In the winter, house dust, dust mites, and even the Christmas tree can trigger your pet’s symptoms.

Allergy Symptoms in Dogs

When your dog is suffering from a seasonal allergy, you may see any or several of the following symptoms:

  • Chewing the feet until sore and swollen
  • Rubbing the face on carpet or couch
  • Scratching incessantly
  • Losing noticeable amounts of hair
  • Getting sores from scratching
  • Developing ear infections as wax overgrows in response to allergy
  • Running and itching eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Licking excessively

The breeds most commonly affected by allergies are: Scottish Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, Cairn Terriers, and Wire Haired Fox Terriers, Lhasa apso, English and Irish Setters, Retrievers, Dalmatians, Pugs, Miniature Schnauzers, and English Bulldogs.

Allergy Symptoms in Cats

Many signs of allergies in cats are the same as in dogs, including:

  • Pulling out chunks of hair
  • Developing crusty spots on skin
  • Forming of long, thin red sores
  • Showing skin sensitivity
  • Chewing
  • Licking
  • Scratching
  • Clawing
  • Developing bacterial infections

How Can I Tell What My Pet is Allergic to?

Our veterinary services can help determine whether your pet is responding to an allergen when he or she exhibits any of these symptoms. The next step is to figure out which allergen is the cause. To determine the cause of your pet’s allergies, our Winnipeg veterinarian can actually test for allergens. The next step is to do a one-by-one elimination of suspected substances and see if the symptoms subside.

What Can You Do In Winnipeg?

First thing, seek our veterinary services. We have some new products proven to offer pets relief from seasonal allergies. Some steps you can take: wash your pet’s feet when they come inside, keep them away from fields, cut your grass regularly, and give more frequent baths. Avoid using antihistamines without your vet’s guidance.

If you suspect your pet is suffering from allergy, call our animal hospital so we can develop a treatment plan to alleviate your pet’s suffering.