Cat and dog in a spring field

How to tackle the spring allergy season

The warm weather brings sunny afternoons, backyard BBQ’s, beach road trips and, of course, allergies. As we get further into spring, more and more pollen fills the air, triggering allergic reactions for both humans and our furry family members. Here are some tips on helping your fur baby get through the season comfortably.

How do I know if my pet is suffering from allergies?

Whereas we humans get the typical runny noses and sneezing, pets generally exhibit the same allergies through inflamed and irritated skin.  You might start to notice red, irritated areas or even sores on their face, abdomen, back and thighs. This is usually coupled with increased scratching or licking in the affected area.

You may also notice the more typical human symptoms of:

  • Itchy ears
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Swelling in the face, ears and mouth area

What do I do if my pet is showing signs of an allergy?

If you notice any of the above signs, it’s time to take your pet in to see one of our veterinarians. At the clinic they will take a though history and complete and physical examination and may conduct a series of diagnostics tests and use a process of elimination to establish what is triggering the reaction, this makes it much easier to treat and manage.

The most common reasons for allergic reactions in your pet are:

  • Fleas and other parasites
  • Food allergy
  • Environmental allergy

Once you know the cause of the allergy it is important to eliminate the cause if possible or manage the environment to reduce the symptoms for your pet.

How do I manage my pet’s allergy?

After seeing your veterinarian to determine the cause of the allergy, they may prescribe medications or administer medication at the time of the consultation. They may also recommend specially formulated prescription food or therapeutic shampoos. It is important to administer the treatment following the advice given by your veterinarian to ensure your pet is as comfortable and healthy as possible. There are some other measures you can take to manage the allergy and try to prevent it from returning or from the symptoms getting worse.

  • You may think about using an air purifier in the room where your pet spends the most time
  • Regularly vacuum rooms that your pet frequents and dispose of the vacuum contents immediately afterwards
  • Brush your pet regularly to remove any foreign contaminants and loose fur
  • Keep your pets bedding clean and change them regularly

Remember to always see your local veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns regarding the health of your pet.


Cat scratching itself on grass

Surviving the spring skin symptoms

Spring can be a challenging time for pet parents and their fur babies due to a range of symptoms that can arise from the warmer weather, spring flowers and a high pollen count.  Your pets’ skin is usually the most affected by this change in season and can result in redness, itchiness and even lesions. We’ve put together a handy guide to surviving the season.

Cat scratching itself on grass
There are some measures that can be taken to prevent them from occurring

Types of skin issues and irritations

One of the key signs that may alert you to a skin irritation in your pet is an increase in scratching. The constant itch that can’t be soothed can be very distressing for your pet and may even disrupt their sleep and change their mood.

On closer inspection you might start to notice redness, swelling and dryness. These irritations can spread very quickly and can make your pet extremely uncomfortable. If left untreated, even minor irritations could lead to infection.

Prevention is key

While skin irritations can occur due to several reasons, there are some measures that can be taken to prevent them from occurring.

Make sure that your pet is treated regularly for fleas and parasites to prevent unnecessary skin irritation. On top of flea and worming treatment, your pet should be brushed and bathed regularly with an appropriate shampoo.

Keeping common areas clean and vacuumed can reduce the likelihood of skin irritations, as well as keeping your pets bedding clean and changing their blankets regularly.

If you notice any signs of skin irritation in your pet, book in a consultation with one of our veterinarians to determine the cause and the best course of treatment.

List of how to prevent skin allergies in spring