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Just like in people, allergies in pets happen when their immune systems identify substances as harmful and try to fight them off. This month, we've got some tips for pets with allergies – and managing your allergies to pets. Over 20% of pets may suffer from some sort of allergy, according to the ASPCA®. Allergies typically develop when pets are young, but adult onset allergies can also occur.
What are pets allergic to?
Pets can be allergic to environmental substances like pollen, mold, or dust mites. They can also be allergic to flea bites or ingredients in their diets.
What are the symptoms?
If your pet has recurring ear or skin infections, allergies could be an issue. Other common signs can include increased scratching, licking, chewing, or face-wiping.
What should you do?
Visit your veterinarian who can help identify the source and recommend treatment. You can also help by reducing your pet's exposure to allergens in your home.
Our illness coverage can help cover treatment costs related to allergies that aren't pre-existing to your plan. Sign into the Member Center to see your plan details.
Even though the weather outside might be frightful, it’s still important to take your dog outdoors for fresh air and exercise. To help, the ASPCA® experts provide guidelines for pet parents to follow that will keep their dog’s skin and paws in tip-top shape during walks this winter.
Before the Walk:
• Dress your dog in a sweater to help retain body heat and protect his or her skin from the cold.
• Trim your pooch’s hair to keep ice, salt or chemicals from clinging to it and drying onto the skin.
• If your dog doesn’t like to wear booties, rub petroleum jelly on the bottom of your pet’s feet to protect them from irritation.
During the Walk:
• Keep your dog on grass or snow and avoid salty, slippery sidewalks.
• Carry a towel with you to wipe off your pet’s paws, if needed.
• Remember, if it’s too cold outside for you, it’s probably too cold for your furry best friend. Try short, frequent walks instead of one long walk.
After the Walk:
• Wash and towel dry your dog’s feet to remove any salt or chemicals. Don’t forget to clean in between your dog’s toes!
• Brush your pet’s hair to stimulate overall blood circulation.
• Make sure your pooch has plenty of water to drink, which will keep his or her skin hydrated.
For more suggestions, read ASPCA’s Top Ten Winter Skin & Paw Care Tips or Cold Weather Tips.