Pets Can Also Suffer from Allergies
People aren't the only ones coping with seasonal allergies this time of year - their pets might also be experiencing symptoms. Video by fox47news.comvideo
If you're like several people, your allergies have already started to act up. Your pet's allergies may have started to act up, too. Learn more on what you can do if you aren't the only one with allergy problems.
Vets say if your dog is coughing, sneezing, or has dry skin, it's important to take them in to get checked out to see exactly what they're allergic to.
"Sometimes it takes a lot of work to find the problem," says Doctor Terri Alexander. She says if your dog has a cough or sneeze, seasonal allergies could be to blame.
"I think this time of year it probably increases just because of the weather," she adds.
She says the list of symptoms goes on.
"The skin may be red, they might be really really scratching a lot."
And treating a pet is similar to how we would treat ourselves.
"We have some hydroxyzine, it's a common one that's used. Benadryl can be used, it doesn't work as well with skin I don't think is what I've seen on others. There's other antihistamines out there," she says.
Dr. Alexander says not all of symptoms are from seasonal allergies.
"They can have the same allergies to some of the same pollens that people do, they can have a contact sensitivity to a grass they might be stepping in, food they are eating."
Chewing on their skin or feet could be another sign they have allergies.