iStock_000021258496_SmallIt can be miserable to watch your pets suffer from seasonal allergies. They roll around on the floor, rub up against furniture, scratch incessantly, and bite, lick, and chew at sensitive areas non-stop. Unfortunately, this behavior can result in further irritation and even infection; not to mention, it just hurts to see your best friend in discomfort.

There are, however, some things you can do at home to ease your pet’s allergy symptoms.

At-Home Remedies for Your Pet’s Allergy Symptoms

  • Dump the Plastic – If your pet eats and drinks from plastic bowls, dump them! Plastic can be a vector for bacteria, which grow in the tiny cracks that develop over time. These bacteria can cause acne around the lips, chin, eyes, and ears. You will be better to use stainless steel, glass, or ceramic food dishes and clean them weekly.

  • Avoid Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil and other human acne medications can be serious contact allergens for pets and can even cause neurological reactions. Never use human acne medicines to treat pet skin aggravations. Try natural remedies instead, such as Epsom salts applied with a warm, folded cloth or soaking the affected area in a saturated solution.
  • Increase dietary oils – Increasing complete oils in your pet’s diet can ease allergies. These include fish, corn, peanut, or sunflower oils. Dogs, for example, can take up to three teaspoons of oil with each meal, depending on their size. Be careful, though; oils can be very fattening and can cause pancreatitis if you feed your pet too much.
  • Use an Oatmeal Soak – Oatmeal shampoo can be used to relieve dryness and itchiness. Massaging the shampoo in, leaving it on for several minutes, then rinsing your pet dry will do wonders for your pet’s skin allergies. We carry just the product for this, in fact – stop in and pick some up!
  • Frequent Bathing – Whenever your furry pal comes in from outside, wipe him or her down with a wet towel to decrease the allergens on the skin. Likewise, increase the frequency of his or her bath schedule but not more than once per week. When you bathe your pet, you are washing the allergens off his or her fur and skin. You can always bring your pet in for a professional bath and grooming, too!
  • Mouthwash and Baby Oil – A mixture of Listerine, baby oil, and water in a spray bottle, applied sparingly and massaged into your pet’s skin a few times a day, can be a help. Caution is recommended though and you should only do this under the supervision of your veterinarian.

Even though your best furry pal is in such discomfort from springtime allergies, you need not suffer sympathetically. You have options available to ease your pet’s itchy, dry skin and make your pet feel better. Whether it’s changing out food and water dishes, massage or soaking with an Epsom salt solution, increasing complete oils in their diet, or more frequent bathing with the oatmeal shampoo sold at our office, these are just some of the options available to you for treatment.

If you have any questions at all about treating your pet’s allergy symptoms, you can always pick up the phone and give us a call for help or advice. We are happy to help your pet find relief!