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Seasonal 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.
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.
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.
When your dog is suffering from a seasonal allergy, you may see any or several of the following symptoms:
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.
Many signs of allergies in cats are the same as in dogs, including:
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.
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.