Long summer days will soon give way to crisp, fall air and the warm hues of changing leaves. Autumn should be known for pumpkin-spiced goodies and long walks on the beach, not for itching and scratching, but that’s exactly what your pet may be doing if she’s unfortunate enough to be affected by fall allergies.
Pets develop allergies when their immune system becomes sensitive to substances in the environment. Common pet allergens include:
When you think of allergies, you likely picture someone who is sneezing and coughing and has watery, red eyes, but allergic pets display signs that differ from their human owners, such as:
Mild irritation caused by allergies often spirals into a vicious cycle of itching and digging if a secondary skin infection develops. If your pet exhibits any of these signs, environmental irritants may be the cause, and our veterinary team can help you address the source of your pet’s discomfort.
A pet can have allergies year-round or only during particular times of the year. Many seasonal allergies affect pets in the spring, but the fall season brings its own group of itchy irritants, including:
If you suspect your pet may have fall allergies, schedule an appointment for an evaluation and to discuss a plan that will keep her comfortable during allergy season. If your pet’s allergies are mild, our veterinarians may prescribe medications to control her symptoms, but more severe cases often require testing to identify the allergens causing your pet’s sensitivity. Allergy testing can be performed in two different ways:
Our veterinarians can often prescribe medications, such as antihistamines, to manage your pet’s mild allergy symptoms and keep her comfortable until the season passes. More severe cases will require allergy testing to identify the specific substances causing her allergies so that immunotherapy injections, or allergy shots, can be developed. If the idea of repeated injections makes you squeamish, your pet may be a candidate for an oral immunotherapy treatment that can be administered at home.
If you think your pet may have fall allergies, contact us to discuss ways to help keep her comfortable so you can enjoy this beautiful season together.