May is National Asthma and Allergies Awareness Month! Asthma and allergies may only be thought of as a human issue, but pets suffer just as we do. May is peak season for seasonal allergies to arrive. Itching, sneezing, coughing, licking, and runny eyes are signs that your pet may be having a difficult time with allergies. Common irritants include dust mites, mold, mildew, and pollens from grasses, trees and weeds. If you notice your pet having allergy symptoms, there are a few over the counter medications you can try at home to give your pet some relief. Benadryl and Claritin are two of the more common OTC medications used. Please call us for dosing instructions or further advice. Your pet may need other medications to help him/her get through allergy season.
Asthma is a condition in which a dog or cat (more often a cat) has repeated episodes of coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. The condition is more prevalent in pets with flat faces (brachycephalic breeds). Common triggers for pet asthma are inhaled substances such as grasses, pollens, aerosol sprays, and smoke. Symptoms of asthma in pets include wheezing, labored breathing, and a dry hacking cough. Cats can have very serious asthma with no or very subtle symptoms that are difficult to detect. Radiographs may be necessary in diagnosing your pet with asthma. Treatment for asthma in pets is giving medications and doing everything possible to eliminate potential asthma triggers in your pet’s environment. Sometimes, inhalers are needed to control symptoms as well. If you have any questions about allergies, asthma, or over the counter medications, please call us at 706-629-5060 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.