Lots of pets have allergies, and dander as well as environmental factors in the home could be the cause. On top of this, a lot of pets have specific allergies and issues that may lead to significant discomfort for your animal. Dander from other pets can also be an issue and further your pet’s discomfort.
What are some of the signs that your pet is currently dealing with an allergy?
Itchy skin is one of the main signs something is wrong. If your pet won’t stop scratching, it could well be because they are suffering from some form of allergy or that there are allergens within the home environment.
You should regularly check your pet’s ears for any sign of infection. Infections can stem from a reaction to other items in the air such as dander or significant allergens.
Pet asthma (and human asthma) can be worsened by dander in the air as well as other allergens. Wheezing and heavy breathing are symptoms to look out for.
If your pets keep sneezing and you have no explanation why, or you notice they have water streaming from their eyes at times, it could be a sign that there is an allergic reaction going on.
What can cause allergies in pets? To fully understand why your pet is suffering it helps to work out the causes.
A lot of allergies come from the environment, especially at certain times of the year. Just like humans suffering from allergies, say in the spring or start of summer, there are times when it is worse for cats and dogs. Pollen and trees are some of the items that pets can actually be allergic to.
Ensuring your pet’s diet is up to scratch is also vital. Food allergies are really common and without a mixed and healthy diet, there is every chance your pet could suffer. Even if getting enough of the right foods, pets can just have an allergy to something, as humans would. Try to get to the bottom of what it is by keeping a pet food diary.
As well as fleas causing irritation some pets are even allergic to them and their saliva. This can make fleas living on the skin even worse, and more of an issue if they infiltrate the home.
Let’s explore the things you can actually do to help your pets with their allergies and prepare your home to be suitable for your dog, cat, or other animal accomplices.
By bathing the pet you are reducing the chances of fleas living on their skin, especially if you use flea repellent shampoo. You also remove dander and other potentially harmful substances that may build up in their fur.
You may want to consider what the landscaping is like in your home. If a pet is having issues with grass and pollen then artificial turf installation can provide them with the perfect surface without having to worry as much about seasonal allergies.
A bit of extra cleaning can go a long way. Dander and other allergens can live for a long time in curtains, on carpets, and elsewhere around the home, so vacuuming and regular cleaning can make all the difference.
An air purifier is one of the ways to pull all the unwanted substances out of the air and create a better environment for your pets. There are many ways to kill bacteria and allergens now and the installation of UV lights in your HVAC is another way to ensure that the air circulating is clean and clear, helping both you and your pets.
If your pet has allergies, it is important to get these checked by a professional. When you spot the signs, consult your vet and see what they recommend. There is no substitute for the advice you can get from a professional.