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Navigating Seasonal Allergies in Pets with SODO Vet

As the seasons change here in Orlando, not only do we humans experience shifts in the weather and environment, but our pets do too. Just like people, cats and dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies that can affect their quality of life. At SODO Veterinary Hospital, we understand the importance of identifying and managing these allergies to keep your pets comfortable year-round.


Understanding Seasonal Allergies in Pets

Seasonal allergies in pets, also known as atopic dermatitis, are typically triggered by allergens such as pollen, mold, and dust mites. These allergies can cause a range of symptoms in pets, including:

  • Itchy, red, or scabbed skin
  • Excessive scratching or licking
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Sneezing
  • Ear infections

Just like people, pets can show allergic symptoms at any time of the year, although they may be more pronounced during certain seasons when allergen levels are higher.


Recognizing the Signs

The first step in combating seasonal allergies is recognizing the signs. If you notice your pet excessively scratching, biting at their skin, or showing any other unusual symptoms, it's crucial to consult with a veterinarian. At SODO Veterinary Hospital, we can help identify whether these signs are indeed due to allergies and recommend the best course of action.


Managing Your Pet's Allergies

While there's no cure for allergies, there are several ways to manage the symptoms and improve your pet's quality of life:

  • Regular Baths and Grooming: Bathing your pet regularly can help wash away allergens from their fur and skin. Choose a hypoallergenic shampoo or one recommended by your veterinarian.

  • Medications: Depending on the severity of your pet's allergies, our veterinarians may prescribe medications to control the symptoms. These can include antihistamines, steroids, or more advanced treatments like immunotherapy.

  • Environmental Control: Keeping your home clean and minimizing the presence of allergens can help reduce your pet's allergy symptoms. Regularly wash your pet's bedding and keep the indoor air clean with air purifiers or by changing air filters regularly.

  • Dietary Adjustments: Some pets may benefit from a diet that boosts their skin health and immune system. Your veterinarian can recommend whether a dietary change could help alleviate your pet's allergy symptoms.

    Visit Us for Help

    If you suspect your pet is suffering from seasonal allergies, don't wait for the symptoms to worsen. At SODO, we're committed to providing comprehensive care to address your pet's allergies effectively. Our team is here to offer support, from diagnosis to treatment, ensuring your pet can enjoy every season.

    Remember, each pet is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. We encourage you to schedule an appointment if you have concerns about your pet's allergies or if you've noticed any changes in their behavior or health. Together, we can create a tailored plan that suits your pet's specific needs.