Pet allergies are common this time of year

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It’s that time of year when seasonal allergies start to kick in for all of us, but did you know that your pet may suffer from allergies as well?

It’s more common than we think. Just like we do, dogs can get allergies as the weather starts warming up.

Dr. O’Neill at Austintown Veterinary Clinic said they are seeing a lot of dogs come in this time of year. Dogs can become itchy and start scratching, and they may get ear infections. Signs include shaking of the head, red skin, and chronic licking.

O’Neill said dogs can be allergic to the same things we are.

“It can be almost anything; tree pollen, ragweed, grass pollens, dust. Pretty much anything we can be allergic to, they can be allergic, too,” she said.

Dogs may also have year-round allergies. O’Neill says you may have to consider allergy testing and immunotherapy in that case.

Cats and other pets may experience allergies, but it’s more common with dogs.

If your dog starts waking you up at night, scooting their backend across the floor and experiences hair loss, it could be a sign of allergies.

Just like we use antihistamines such as Benadryl for our allergies, you can use it for your pet’s allergies as well, but make sure you check with your veterinarian about the proper dose. O’Neill said it’s safe and encourages owners to carry it with them this time of year.

“Dogs think bees are flying chew toys, so I tell people to have it on hand all the time for something like that,” she said.

It is also important to make sure you pet has flea and tick protection.
 

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