Fall is MY favorite. Bright and shiny with cool breezes. Children and pets running through he leaves. The perfect walking or hiking weather. A reprieve from the heat of the summer.
Although the fall does not have all the blooms and new growths that bother many, such as pollen and grass, it has dying plants, leaves and wind, moisture, and cooler temperatures that stir up irritants. In addition, the fall brings with it mold, which can affect your pet whether he is allergic or not.
For some dogs, damp leaf piles — which often contain mold and bacteria — can be a source of an allergic reaction. To tell if your dog is bothered by leaf mold, veterinary experts recommend keeping an eye out for sniffling, sneezing, and other symptoms of a mold allergy, include recurring ear infections and licking, scratching, and biting at their skin because it becomes itchy.
Pets with environmental allergies, known as atopic dermatitis or atopy, can have signs limited to one season or can suffer year-round.
Dogs and cats don’t usually have runny eyes or sneeze, but more commonly chew or lick their skin and feet causing hair loss and secondary sores and skin infections.
Signs of inhalant allergies:
- Itchy skin, scratching & butt scooting
- Reddened skin or rash particularly on the stomach or paws
- Excessive paw licking
- Hair loss
- Itchy red eyes
- Reoccurring ear infections.
There is relief for your pet, but with so many options available it is recommended to identify triggers. Your vet can perform allergy testing on your pet so you can identify the specific culprit(s) to better treat and ease your pets’ symptoms.
Always consult your veterinarian, he or she is your pets’ superhero..