Just like humans, our pets can suffer from allergies and even asthma! As pet owners, it can be hard to spot, and even harder to watch your pets struggle. Luckily, both of these are manageable for you and your pet. With the help of Phoenix Veterinary Center, your dog can live a happy healthy life!
How to Spot Asthma and Allergies in Pets
Like most illnesses, there are different types of allergies. One of the most common is environmental, or seasonal allergies. These types of allergies can present themselves with the following symptoms:
· Swelling of the face
· Red, inflamed skin
· Itchy ears
· Chronic ear infections
· Itchy, runny eyes
· Constant licking
Asthma, which is reoccurring respiratory issues caused by inhaling allergens, presents itself in dogs and cats differently. In dogs, it can be first seen as heavy, difficult breathing. In cats, it’s referred to as allergic bronchitis. Symptoms for both canines and felines include:
· Dry hacking
· Cough, which can some on slowly, or all at once
· Difficulty breathing
· Shortness of breath
· Open-mouth breathing
· Pale mucous membranes (bluish gums)
· Exercise intolerance
How to Treat Asthma and Allergies in Pets
Once spotted, keep an eye on your pet’s symptoms, but be ready to act quickly. If they don’t seem to get over their symptoms, take them to the vet as soon as possible to receive an official diagnosis. Your vet will be able to diagnose properly and help you develop a plan of action to treat the illnesses. Asthma and allergies can be treated easily with medication, especially during the more allergy-prone months.
Another thing pet owners can do is eliminate allergens from the home. Create a healthy living environment by removing dust and debris often with a pet-safe cleaner. Be careful not to kick up dust while cleaning by using a damp cloth to pick it up. Keep windows and doors closed to stop the flow of allergens into the home, as well. When you let your dog out to use the bathroom, avoid the grass if possible. A spot with dirt or rocks will hold less pollen than the grass, meaning your pup will come into contact with it less. Wipe them down, especially their paws, with a clean, dry towel when they come inside.
If you have any questions about allergies or asthma in your pets, please contact us to book your appointment.