Managing Pet Allergies
Is your pet scratching repeatedly or pulling out tufts of hair? He may be suffering from allergies! Like humans, pets can suffer from seasonal and year-round allergies. While not usually life threatening, allergies can cause a variety of symptoms which make your petís life miserable. Letís identify some common allergy symptoms pets have.
Symptoms Of Allergies
There are many forms of allergies your pet can experience, from skin to seasonal. Keep an eye out for these warning signs to catch the issue before it becomes a larger problem.
Common symptoms of allergies:
Types Of Allergies
Flea And Tick Allergies
If you leave the house for work, playing with your cat at the end of the day not only makes him or her happy (your cat misses you!) but can help you unwind after a long and potentially stressful day with a little light exercise and some laughter. My cat loves to play tag, so I get to run around the house a bit.
Even if your cat doesn't want to chase you or be chased, dangling a toy and being on your feet after your commute home is good for your body. If you have a cat that's very needy and cries at night (I do), playing with her in the evening can make her feel calm and happy, so she's more likely to let you get the quality of sleep you need to stay healthy. Remember, cats need exercise just like humans! So whether it's short breaks throughout your work day or a long play session in the evening, make sure you're giving your cat exercise to promote a healthy weight, healthy bones and joints, and happy hunting instincts.
Relieving The Symptoms Of Allergies
Depending on what type of allergies your pet is experiencing, there are basic measures you can take to minimize discomfort and encourage faster healing.
1. Keep Everything Clean. For all cleaning needs, use glass or stainless steel pet dishes to discourage bacterial buildup. Remember to wash your pet's bedding in hypoallergenic detergents.
2. Bathe Your Pet. Bathe your pet with shampoos to remove debris and buildup as well as to relieve some of the symptoms associated with allergies. Some appropriate shampoos are:
3. Prevent Itching. Use sprays and anti-itch products in conjunction with Tea Tree Oil & Soothing Aloe. If needed, have your pet where a recovery collar to prevent him from excessively biting his skin.
4. Groom. Brush your petís fur regularly to distribute oils and to make sure your pet has no mats or tangles that can further irritate skin. Try using a soft brush, to prevent damaging the skin further.
5. Minimize Exposure. Although this can be tough, try to minimize the exposure of your pet to the suspected (or confirmed) allergen. If this is not an option, consider using an antihistamine for your pet.