If you have a four-legged friend in your life, you’re likely familiar with the sight of your pet scratching and itching themselves uncontrollably. While this behavior can sometimes be attributed to fleas or other external parasites, it can also be a sign of allergies.

Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies too! Here’s what you need to know about pets and allergies.

Pets can be allergic to a wide range of substances, including pollen, dust mites, certain foods, and even other animals. And just like in humans, allergies in pets can present themselves in a variety of ways, such as itching, scratching, sneezing, and even gastrointestinal issues.

If you think your pet might be suffering from allergies, call us! The veterinary care team at Riverside Vet may recommend allergy testing to identify the specific allergen that’s causing your pet’s symptoms. In some cases, simple lifestyle changes, such as switching to a different type of food or using hypoallergenic bedding, can help alleviate symptoms. In other cases, medication may be necessary to manage symptoms.

Untreated allergies can lead to more serious health issues in pets, such as skin infections and even chronic ear infections. If you notice your pet exhibiting signs of allergies, it’s important to address the issue sooner rather than later.

In addition to consulting with your veterinarian, there are also steps you can take at home to help manage your pet’s allergies. Regular grooming, such as brushing and bathing, can help remove allergens from your pet’s fur and skin. Vacuuming and dusting your home regularly can also help reduce the presence of allergens in your environment.

Ultimately, the most important thing you can do for your pet’s allergies is to be proactive. By working closely with your vet care team and taking steps to manage allergens in your home, you can help your furry friend live a happy and healthy life, free from the discomfort of allergies.