The fall season is upon as the heat of summer, daylight hours shorten, leaves begin to change colors, and pumpkin spice, anyone? Many of the things we enjoy about fall are also triggers for those who suffer from allergies. The summer blooms start to fade and shed seeds, while some plants wait for this time of year to bloom and spread pollen. Harvest season begins for many crops which causes large amounts of dust, pollens, and molds to be released into the air. Dust mites and other pesky pests try to get inside the home in search of warmth. Just like us, dogs and cats can develop an allergy or sensitivity to these natural allergens outside or in the air.
How do I know if my dog or cat has an allergy?
Seasonal allergies may come and go which can make it difficult to pinpoint the exact allergen causing your dog or cat problems. Here are some of the common signs to look out for:
- Watery eyes
- Itching of ears and skin
- Scratching, licking, and chewing
- Rubbing or scooting
- Shaking ears
If the itching becomes intense, your dog or cat may damage their skin trying to relieve the sensation. As a result, this easily leads to skin and ear infections as well as hotspots. There are a variety of different treatments, medications, and products to help control seasonal allergies. Talk with your veterinarian about the best solution for your dog or cat. VetRxDirect has a wide selection of allergy care products for both dogs and cats. We have included some of the most popular below.
Vetadryl is a prescription antihistamine medication for dogs and cats that contains diphenhydramine. This medication works by blocking the histamine, the substance in the body responsible for allergic reactions. It relieves allergy symptoms including itching, redness, swelling and irritation. Flavored, chewable Vetadryl tablets come in 10 and 30 mg strengths.
VetClassics Allergy HotSpot Foam is easy to apply and quick drying to help relieve itchy irritated skin. Vet Classics Allergy Anti-Lick Spray stops destructive chewing and licking Spray directly on the paws, foot pads, between toes, and other spots to quit the itch. Additionally, the bitter taste in both products discourages chewing and licking.
Duoxo Calm is a line of topical products designed for dogs and cats with skin allergies. Choose from a shampoo, as well as three waterless options mousse, gel, and micro-emulsion spray. Duoxo Calm helps relieve itching, inflammation, and irritation. Key ingredients phytosphingosine and fillagrin help retain moisture and enforce the natural skin barrier.
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