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Pet spring Allergies Checklist: What to Look for

Kelli Rascoe | March 13, 2019

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The first day of spring is just around the corner, and we’ve got an essential pet spring allergies checklist for pet owners. While pet allergies are very common and a top concern among pet owners, it can be overwhelming to know exactly what signs to look for in your furry friend. Naturally, you want your pets to experience everything the spring season has to offer. Learn more about the importance of a spring allergies checklist to prepare for the seasons ahead with your best friend.

Pet spring allergies checklist: what every pet owner should know

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Allergens are everywhere, from the great outdoors but they also make their way into our homes and workplaces. There really is no escape and any number of them could impact your pet’s health. Further, as responsible pet owners, it’s important to do your part in identifying the signs of spring allergies, in order to help your veterinarian care for their needs.

Common signs of seasonal/spring allergies include:

  • Inflamed/red sclera
  • Ear infections
  • Skin infections
  • Redness of the skin
  • Overall itchiness

Also, signs of spring allergies can appear differently in pets than they do in humans. To explain, Trupanion veterinary technician, Aubrey Halvorsen, weighs in on the topic:

For example, “most people think of sneezing as a reaction to ‘allergies’, but sneezing can be a sign of a respiratory allergy, which is different than skin allergies.” Halvorsen continues, “likewise, hives are typically secondary to an allergic reaction, like a bee sting.” Consider writing all of your pet’s signs in a journal and talk with your veterinarian about a treatment plan for your furry friend.

Pet spring allergies checklist: treatment plan

A treatment plan is absolutely essential in order to help manage and treat your pet’s spring allergies. “By consulting with a veterinarian, they may recommend antihistamines or allergy testing depending on severity,” points out Halvorsen. Essentially, a treatment plan is put in place to help manage seasonal allergies, which can become a lifetime condition. Although allergies can be a lifetime condition, you have the peace of mind knowing you are providing the best care possible and it is treatable.

Pet spring allergies checklist: recommended items in your pet care kit

Further, spring allergies are one of those conditions where you always have to be prepared to help if your furry friend starts showing signs of being affected by the allergens in their environment. Additionally, they don’t typically go away and can become aggravated without much notice.

If you’re outdoors with your pets consider the following:

  • For instance, if your veterinarian has prescribed anti-histamines, always carry additional medication if needed.
  • While you’re outdoors or camping – keep a schedule of when your pet takes medication, to help stay on track.
  • Avoid areas with a dense population of that allergen
  • A medicated spray and shampoo

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Pet spring allergies checklist: a must-have for every pet owner

A pet spring allergies checklist is a must-have for every pet owner, whether you’re new to pet ownership or a seasoned pro. Besides helping identify if your pet is experiencing seasonal allergies, also it can help you prepare to know what to pack when you’re traveling. Most of all, by having a treatment plan with your veterinarian, your pet’s spring allergies, can be managed and your furry friends can live a long, healthy, and happy life.

For more on spring and pets, read this Pet First Aid Guide

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