The end of summer is coming soon. Many of us dread this time of year, as it heralds the annual onset of hay fever with its drawbacks, such as stinging eyes, sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. If such symptoms recur every year, they indicate that seasonal allergies cannot be cured, but there are nonetheless ways to alleviate these symptoms. Can your dog or cat have seasonal allergies?
The veterinarians at the Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien answer yes to this question. Indeed, dogs and cats can have seasonal allergies and for them it is also unpleasant, even if their allergic reactions differ from those of humans.
What Are the Main Symptoms?
First of all, it should be remembered that the symptoms are rarely respiratory as in humans, but rather present themselves as skin itching as well as ear infections (scratching, biting and shaking of the head). Itching of the dog or cat’s paws can also be observed. The animal will lick or bite its paws excessively.
The ears may also be itchy; the animal has red ears, scratches them or shakes its head often. Finally, itching can be generalized; the animal scratches or chews all over its body. It is therefore important to be attentive to better identify these symptoms.
More specifically in cats, it will sometimes be possible to observe a wave of discomfort on the back like a big tickle that breaks over the back… It is called feline hyperesthesia.
Seasonal allergies are allergies to pollen: at the beginning of the season, it is the large trees (birch, maple…) that are responsible. Between August and November, it is the grasses and ragweed that are bothering our pets.
Let’s face it, the allergy is an exaggerated response of the immune system to environmental pollen. It occurs in both dogs and cats. Certain breeds of dogs are more affected such as terriers (wheaten, pitbull, fox terrier, Boston terrier), golden and boxer dogs as well as crossbreeds of these breeds.
Allergy symptoms can be controlled, but there is no cure. In this respect, a recurrence from one year to the next is to be expected, hence the name seasonal allergies.
At the Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien, we indicate that the diagnosis will be made when the same symptoms of itching or otitis appear on the same date the following year.
Finally, treatments are varied: medication by mouth, once-a-month vaccine injections, immunotherapy (developed by the dermatologist), shampoo, fatty acids and even acupuncture.
The health professionals at the Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien can help you reduce your pet’s symptoms and will accompany you throughout the entire allergy season.
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