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The Scratchiest Season: Does Your Pet Have Pollen Allergies

A cat rolling in a grassy field

From lawn mowers buzzing to big, beautiful blossoms, spring and summer bring great outdoor opportunities, yard and garden prep, and, oh yeah, allergies.

Many of us suffer from the sneezing season often brought on by pollens, grasses, mold, and you name it. But if your pet has been itching more than usual, they, too, may suffer from this affliction. Instead of the respiratory syndrome that we see in people, cats and dogs most commonly present with skin issues.

Pollen is one of the environmental allergens that cause a reaction in some pet companions. Does your pet have pollen allergies? Read on to learn more from the team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic.

What Is a Pollen Allergy?

As the temperatures rise, trees and plants begin to bloom, releasing their pollen in the wind to create new plants and trees. This cyclical process is necessary for the natural world, but if your pet is allergic to pollen, then it can create a cascade of symptoms.

A pollen allergy is a type of atopy or environmental allergy. Pets who are allergic to pollen typically have other allergies, including dust mites, mold, grass, fleas, and so on.

If your pet’s allergies rev up, though, with this new season, it’s likely they’re reacting to increasing pollen in the air.

Symptoms of an allergy to pollens include:

  • Itchy skin (scratching, biting, licking)
  • Rubbing face and eyes on carpet and furniture
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Fur loss
  • Skin and ear infection
  • Swollen paws
  • Itching of the anal area

Some of the unusual facts about pollen allergies in pets is that it doesn’t emerge until after the first year of a pet’s life and it affects more females than males. Certain breeds are also more at risk of pollen allergy, such as bulldogs, German Shepherds, Pugs, Golden Retrievers, Setters, Labs, Sher Pei, and Terriers.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Pollen Allergies in Pets

To diagnose your pet, we will do a thorough examination, blood work, and allergy testing. This will give us insight into what your pet is specifically allergic to. Many pets respond well to changes in diet, topical therapies, and medications.

You can also help to minimize the effects of allergies by doing the following:

  • Avoid walking your pet during high pollen times, such as early morning or late afternoon.
  • Use HEPA filter air purifiers throughout the home.
  • On breezy days, keep your pet inside and opt for indoor games.
  • Shampoo your pet weekly with a hypoallergenic product.
  • Wipe off your pet’s paws and legs when you return from being outdoors.
  • Launder your pet’s bed and blankets often (every 1-2 weeks with hot water and use the dryer)
  • Vacuum each day to reduce allergens in the home.

Does My Pet Have Pollen Allergies?

If you are asking yourself, does my pet have pollen allergies, you have come to the right place. Our specialty is in treating pet allergies and skin conditions. We can help get to the bottom of what your pet is allergic to and get started on treatment. There is no need for endless scratching and discomfort for your furry one when we are just a phone call away. Please call our friendly team to schedule an appointment.