When we think of allergies, we normally think of the people we may know who suffer from them. But did you know that allergies can affect animals as well?
Itchy and/or watery eyes, runny noses, sneezing – It turns out that many of the symptoms that plague human allergy sufferers can bother our pets as well. The main difference is that unfortunately our pets don’t have voices to express their discomfort. And so the responsibility falls on pet owners to keep an eye on their furry friends this allergy season.
An allergy season that, according to many weather experts and allergists, has come early this year. As if that’s not bad enough, according to an article posted on NJ101.5, not only has the allergy season started early in NJ this year, but it’s likely to last longer than normal and to be more severe as well.
So what options do pet owners have of coping with their pet’s allergies? Unfortunately, there is no cure for pet allergies. However, there are many steps that pet owners can take to help keep their furry friends more comfortable this allergy season.
Monitor the pollen count: When the pollen count is high, it’s probably a good idea to play with Fido indoors and keep outside bathroom breaks brief. The less exposure your pet has to potential allergens, the less likely they are to experience allergy symptoms. You can visit this website to look up pollen count activity for any city in NJ.
Keep your pet(s) clean: Wipe your pet’s paws, legs, and belly off before they come inside. This will reduce the amount of pollen and other allergens that they track through the house, and can help keep the humans with allergies more comfortable as well as the pets! Also, bathing your pet often with a high quality pet shampoo can help to remove allergens from their fur as well as soothe their itchy skin.
Keep your home clean: Vacuum and clean your home on a regular basis. This can help to eliminate indoor allergens. Don’t forget to clean your pet’s beds and toys, as these can be great places for allergy causing dust mites to hang out.
Keep your pet(s) healthy: Good overall health and a strong immune system can go a long way towards helping your pet deal with seasonal allergies. Many dog owners report that simply switching their pet to a healthier diet helped their pets to better cope with seasonal allergies.
Talk to your vet: If nothing else helps, there are some over the counter antihistamines that are safe for pets. It’s important to talk to your vet before giving your pet any new medications. For pets that may need something a bit stronger, your vet should be able to prescribe allergy medications, and some types of pets can even recieve allergy shots!