Woodbine Allergy Season 2023
If you have allergies, the spring and summer months can be a brutal stretch to endure. At least we have the ability to understand the causes of our suffering and can address it accordingly, like taking medication to combat the effects.
Our pets can’t make that connection. They’re also at the mercy of allergies. It can make them feel terrible – and they need our support to recover.
An allergy is defined as a state of over-reactivity or hypersensitivity of the immune system to a specific substance, known as an allergen. Allergens are typically proteins from plants, insects, animals, or food.
It’s the repeated exposure to an allergen over the course of time that sensitizes the immune system, ultimately causing a reaction. A reaction (atopic dermatitis, for example) can appear on the skin, in a specific area like the ears, or over the whole body. But it can also affect the gastrointestinal system, resulting in an upset tummy, vomiting, or diarrhea. Fur loss or laboured breathing could also be signs of an allergic reaction
- dust mites
- flea bites
It’s crucial to visit your vet in order to determine the cause of any allergic reaction your animal is having.
A few maintenance tips
More brushing – it’s important for pet owners to have a regular grooming schedule for pets with allergies. Consistent brushing goes a long way toward removing pollen and other potential allergens in the fur. Don’t forget to clean their paws after an outdoor adventure, too!
Better bubbles – there are several good hypoallergenic shampoos and conditioners. Try this link for some ideas on recommended brands.
Quick relief – it’s a good idea to have some antihistamines on hand to address mild to moderate reactions. Benadryl and Chlorpheniramine are a couple to consider, but as is the case with any medication, talk with your vet first.
Is it the diet?
Linking your animal’s allergic reaction to food is a difficult proposition. If your pet has been eating the same brand for a long time and a reaction occurs, it’s unlikely that is the cause. You have to identify what’s different. So if it’s a new food you’re trying, then it’s possible that it’s at the root of the reaction.
The only way to determine a food allergy in a pet is to do an elimination diet. Consult your vet for guidance. And if your animal is put on an elimination diet, it’s crucial that the prescribed food is the only item eaten. No treats or scraps!
If your pet has an acute allergic reaction because of the following, get emergency veterinary help immediately!
Bee stings – carefully remove the stinger and apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling. Check for difficulty breathing or other signs of an allergic reaction.
Snake bites – this may be unlikely but there are some venomous species in Canada, like the Massasauga rattlesnake or the Prairie rattlesnake. A bite can be life-threatening to your beloved pet. Keep them calm to mitigate venom spreading and get help.
For more information on pet allergies and how to address them, please visit https://veterinarypartner.vin.com