Seasonal allergies are a huge problem due to the wide range of things that trigger symptoms. Trees, grasses, and pollens affect people and dogs alike. With allergies becoming more common in pets, we’ve put together a list of signs to be aware of. Scratching and biting One of the most common symptoms is itchiness. Dogs often scratch or bite themselves to relieve the itch, which can lead to inflamed skin and sores. If you notice your pet is scratching or biting more than normal it may be worth taking them to vets. Early treatment and intervention can avoid the condition progressing. Inflamed and infected skin Skin infections are a more serious side effects of allergies in pets. These are usually related to chronic scratching and biting. Pets can develop red, itchy skin and secondary skin infections. Cleaning and soothing your pet’s skin with a cool green or black tea bag, or moisturizing with coconut oil can help. Yet a trip to your vets is a good idea. Excessive shedding Hair loss and increased shedding related to allergy-induced itching and skin infections is also common along with dandruff, as the skins is normally severely dried out and flaky. If your pet is scratching enough to prompt hair loss, it’s probably time to take them to the vet, where a course of treatment is prescribed. Paw licking While cats often lick their paws, compulsive paw licking is a common sign of allergies in dogs. Excessive licking causes discomfort to your dog, but it can be due to an underlying medical problem or allergy. It is best to seek advice from your vet if you see your pet excessively licking their paws. Chronic ear infections Ear infections can be a common issue in pets. This is commonly seen in dog breeds with floppy ears like hounds and cocker spaniels. Recurring ear infections can relate to allergies with the main indicators including: Persistent head shaking Red waxy ears Any ear infections can be uncomfortable and painful, so it’s important to seek medical advice and begin treatment. Respiratory issues A somewhat less common symptom of allergies can be respiratory issues. These tend to affect cats more than dogs, as cats are more sensitive to environmental pollutants. Signs of asthma should be clear to pet owners, with symptoms including Difficulty breathing Coughing Wheezing You should take your pet to the vet if any respiratory issues arise, as they could link to more serious health problems. Treatment for Seasonal Allergies If your pet develops signs of allergies, you should visit your vet as soon as possible. A mild shampoo can offer temporary relief from itching. Antihistamine therapy can help get allergies under control for a period of time. In severe cases, antibiotics are prescribed and if the allergies persist. Regular desensitization shots may be required. Where possible, owners should cut their pet’s exposure to the allergens. Generally allergies are lifelong so there is no cure. Owners will need to maintain their pet’s condition by using various combinations of therapy and altering treatments. Don’t forget insuring your pet from an early age ensures that they are protected if they become ill or develop an allergy. With our lifetime cover they will get the ongoing treatment they need, as we will pay for your pet’s treatment as long as you need. Find out more about our pet insurance and compare policy benefits online.