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Paws For Thought- Article 7

9th May 2019

Environmental Allergens.

Hayfever season is upon us, and if you're someone who suffers with allergies then those dry spring days that most people dream of may be starting to fill you with a sense of dread.

So- if you're someone who sneezes all throughout the Spring and Summer, or even if you're lucky enough to be allergy free, spend a moment thinking of those pets who might be suffering with their allergies.

 

What symptoms do we see with environmental allergies:

 

    Itching (known as pruritus)- this can manifest as scratching ears/skin or chewing of feet in dogs, or over-grooming (licking) in cats.

    Discharge from the eyes or nose- quite often if your pet has discharge from both eyes, this can be a sign of an allergy not an infection, even if the discharge is yellow.

    Sneezing or occasionally coughing.

 

What can cause environmental allergies:

    Pollens- including tree pollen

    Dust mites

    Parasites

    Mould

 

What should you do:

If your pet is showing any of the above symptoms, we recommend an appointment with the vet, as although allergies are common, these symptoms can be seen in other serious medical conditions.

Allergies are sometimes difficult to manage- but we will try and reduce your pet's urge to itch through appropriate medication, and supportive treatment such as diet change or supplements may be recommended.

Although this article is focused on the warmer months, your pet could have allergies all year round or even suffer from a condition called atopy, where they have a heightened response to environmental stimuli. If you would like further advice, please phone us at The Cape Veterinary Clinic on 01483 538990.

Catherine Hannah BVSc MRCVS

 

 

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