Expert Advice from NewDay Veterinary Care: Pet Allergies

May 09, 2024 Emily Parry
Pet Allergies

Dr. Joanne Connolly, NewDay Veterinary Care University Blvd, offers insight that every pet owner should keep in mind as the summer approaches. Seasonal allergies are widespread, and this spring has seen a notable surge in cases. Watch out for warning signs that indicate potential allergies in your pet.

Persistent Scratching

If you notice your pet constantly scratching or biting at its skin, it could be a sign of allergies. Excessive scratching can lead to skin irritation and even open wounds, so it's crucial to address the underlying cause promptly.

Excessive Paw and Abdomen Licking

Pets with allergies may exhibit excessive licking, particularly on their paws and abdomen. This behavior can indicate discomfort or irritation, and it's essential to investigate the underlying cause to provide relief for your pet.

Recurrent Ear Infections

Allergies can also manifest as recurrent ear infections in pets. Pay attention to any signs of ear inflammation, discharge, or odor, as these may indicate an allergic reaction that requires veterinary attention.

While common allergens like pollen and dust mites are often the focus of pet allergy discussions, it's essential to recognize that other less conspicuous triggers can also affect our furry companions.

Exploring Lesser-Known Allergens

Cleaning Products

Household cleaning products, including detergents, air fresheners, and carpet cleaners, can contain harsh chemicals that may irritate your pet's skin or respiratory system. Opt for pet-safe alternatives to minimize the risk of allergic reactions.

Environmental Allergens

Pollen, mold, dust mites, and even certain fabrics can trigger allergic reactions in pets. Keep an eye on your pet's behavior and symptoms during different seasons or when exposed to specific environments.


Some pets may exhibit allergic reactions to certain medications, such as antibiotics or topical treatments. Always consult your veterinarian if you notice any adverse effects after administering medication to your pet.

Fortunately, there are many solutions to alleviate your pet's allergies, ranging from dietary supplements and readily available antihistamines to specialized prescription diets and allergy testing.

Visit your local veterinarian or book an appointment at one of our NewDay clinics to help manage your pet’s allergies! Don’t forget your NewDay appointment can be during your pet’s next day camp visit or boarding stay.

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