Allergies affect pets and owners alike, and you may feel that you have no sooner calmed one allergic reaction when another pops up. Follow our Harbor Pines Veterinary Center team’s recommendations to manage your pet’s allergies and minimize flare-ups to ensure their year-round comfort. By maintaining your pet’s regular treatment regimen and implementing our suggestions, you may reduce their allergy issues’ severity and frequency.
#1: Clean your pet’s ears regularly
Many allergic pets suffer chronic ear infections that begin when the allergic reaction causes a histamine release, inflaming their skin. Pets’ ears are a prime inflammation target because of their warm, moist environment, and numerous folds and creases. The inside of the ear flap can become a reddened, irritated mess that is the perfect breeding ground for yeast and bacteria. Without proper treatment, these pathogens can become drug-resistant or move further into the ear, making treatment more challenging, so regularly use a cleaner formulated to eliminate bacteria and yeast in your pet’s ears. In addition, routine ear cleanings allow you to monitor your pet’s otic health, and to catch inflammation and infection signs early.
#2: Eliminate your pets’ environmental allergens
Pets’ environmental allergies flare up when they walk on, lie on, or inhale their allergen. Pollen and dust most commonly cause atopy (i.e., inhalant allergies), which you can reduce by regularly vacuuming your home, frequently laundering your pet’s bedding and your linens, and running an air purifier. Before heading out for a play day with your pet, check the pollen counts, and stick to indoor activities if the pollen count is high. In addition, remember to wipe down your pet’s paws and coat to remove pollen when they come inside after being outdoors.
#3: Evaluate your pet’s diet
Although pets rarely have true food allergies, a diet evaluation can be beneficial for all allergic pets. If your allergic pet eats a colorful kibble, switch to a food that has no food coloring or artificial ingredients. To boost your pet’s skin and coat health, give them an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. Other oral or topical skin supplements may also improve your pet’s skin barrier.
If your pet has a true food allergy and is showing allergy signs, they may need a different diet (e.g., limited ingredient, novel protein, hydrolyzed prescription). If your pet continues to have allergy signs after changing their diet, they may be allergic to more than one allergen.
#4: Keep your pet on year-round, high-quality parasite prevention medication
A handful of fleas can cause a pet with flea bite allergies to become an inflamed, itchy mess. However, flea bites can irritate pets who are not allergic, leading them to scratch already-damaged skin. Help your furry pal stay comfortable by administering high-quality parasite prevention medicine year-round, including during the winter, eliminating fleas and ticks before they bite your pet.
#5: Adjusting your your pet’s allergy treatment
Pets’ allergy treatment options are continually improving and increasing. Did you know that as your pet ages their allergies often change, making their routine allergy treatment protocol ineffective? Fortunately, new allergy treatment options may be available, or combined in a different way to achieve optimal efficacy to successfully manage your pet’s allergies throughout their lifetime. Give your Harbor Pines Veterinary Center veterinarian a call to discuss the possibility of adjusting your pet’s allergy treatment that is no longer soothing their allergy signs.
By implementing our pet allergy control recommendations, you can help keep your pet comfortable throughout allergy season and year-round. Contact our Harbor Pines Veterinary Center team for assistance in managing your itchy pet’s allergies.