Has your dog or cat been itchy and uncomfortable lately?
Pets can display these symptoms any time of the year, but we tend to see an increase during this time of the year. Thankfully, there are many things we can do as pet owners to help our pets find relief!
First things first: Are all pets in the home protected against fleas?
Even if your pets are 100% indoors, they all need to be protected. We can carry fleas in just as easy as they can pick up fleas outdoors. The cooler weather should not be an indicator that it’s okay to stop a preventive. The fleas are still out in full force and ticks actually thrive in the 50-60 degree weather so tick protection is important as well during this time of the year. Click here for more info on flea and tick symptoms and preventive care. If you see any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Allergies: Pets can get them too.
While humans sneeze and have a runny nose, dogs and cats express their allergies through their skin. If you notice your pet starting to itch a little more than normal, one thing you can do at home is give him a bath. Make sure to use cool water and an oatmeal based pet shampoo for best results. For dogs, you can wipe off his feet with a washcloth or baby wipe after going outside to eliminate some of the pollen he picks up outside.
If you pet is causing open sores from scratching or unable to settle down to rest, he should see a veterinarian. There are a wide variety of medications that a veterinarian can prescribe to provide relief for your pet.