Making allergies easier to live with

 
By Susan Aiello • Published: March 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves
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When spring is in the air, a pet owner’s fancy turns to pesky pollens and molds that cause nonstop chewing and scratching in some pets. For others, allergies from food or house dust can lead to year-round torment.

Here are a few tips to keep that itch at bay in your pet. Note the pollen count and keep a log of symptoms so that you can address seasonal problems early. Wiping paws with a damp cloth and weekly baths can remove pollen from your pet’s coat and keep it out of the house. Washing pet toys and bedding can remove dust mites, as can frequent vacuuming.

Medications such as antihistamines and steroids help calm the itch, but don’t use anything not prescribed by your vet. If allergies continue to bother your pet, a referral to a veterinary dermatologist may be needed. Although you can’t cure allergies, you and your vet can make them easier to live with.