Lots of people struggle with allergies this time of year—but it’s not just humans who suffer. May is Pet Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and with all the rain we’ve had this past winter, you can bet there will be a “super-bloom” of itching, scratching and sneezing.
Grass, dust, pollen and other environmental allergens can cause reactions in animals that are like our own—coughing, sneezing, and watery, itchy eyes. But pets often have additional symptoms including licking, chewing, rubbing their face and getting ear infections due to skin irritation.
If your pet has environmental allergies, there are things you can do to make it better. Frequent baths can remove allergens from your pet’s coat and a once-over with a wet wipe before he comes inside can keep him from tracking allergens indoors.
Allergy meds are also an option, but don’t try to give your pet over-the-counter meds yourself without consulting your veterinarian—the dosing for pets is much different than for people.