Itching for Spring
It seems like this winter lasted forever in Western New York. As the new spring season approaches, most of us gear up for the allergies we may experience as the season swaps over and warmer weather is on the horizon. You and your family may be set, but what about your furry companion? Here at Veterinary Emergency Clinic, we get a lot of questions about dogs itching more and more when warmer weather comes around. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for this spring:
Fleas and Ticks
As the snow melts and our dogs start to spend more time outside, fleas and ticks become a major threat. Both fleas and ticks are very dangerous to humans and animals. The good news is, these conditions are very treatable with over the counter treatments. Please do not medicate your pets without consulting a veterinarian first; flea and tick medicine can be toxic if not given in proper doses. If you feel like your pet is having a more serious flea and tick borne reactions, call Veterinary Emergency Clinic so we can assist you in the next steps.
Just like humans, animals can be allergic to things like fresh cut grass and pollen. In the springtime those natural allergens are pesky to us and our four legged friends. In most cases, these allergies are seasonal, so you may only notice your dog itching during certain times of the year. But these irritations can lead to some pretty serious side effects, including infections.
Just like people, pets can be allergic or intolerant to specific kinds of food. Common symptoms of this would be itchy skin or gastrointestinal problems. Like environmental allergies, you would only see these allergies when the trigger is near. Changing your pets’ food is the best way to alleviate nutritional allergy symptoms. If you are unsure what is causing your pet to have these symptoms, you can call Veterinary Emergency Clinic, and we can help you sort it out!
Seeing our animals in discomfort is stressful. These allergy symptoms are very treatable and with proper care, your pet will be back into tip top shape! If you have any questions about allergies in your pet, or if you think your pet is having a severe allergic reaction, please do not hesitate to call us. At Veterinary Emergency Clinic, we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your emergent pet care.