Pets and Allergies

07/25/18 at 03:19 PM | Published Under Pet Care by Sandy Robins

Summer is a very pretty time of the year outdoors but it also hosts the arrival of allergies and our pets suffer alongside their favorite people.Typically, dogs and cats don't suffer from runny noses and watery eyes, but symptoms that your pet could have a problem do include sneezing, wheezing, itching and scratching.

For many, the arrival of spring is also associated with cleaning! And, as Martha Stewart says, that’s a good thing because this is the perfect time to target the places in your home where your pets hang out the most.

It’s important to regularly vacuum all the places that your pets have designated as snooze zones. Be sure to include under the beds too. Also wash pet beds and bedding on a regular basis. Plush toys that pets carry around and possibly take outside should also be assigned a gentle wash.

It’s really difficult to control allergens in the great outdoors. Allergists say that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the air means that plants produce three to four times more pollen than in previous years. The best way is to restrict your pet’s outdoor activities at certain times when the pollen count is high as well as when the wind is blowing a gale.

Also keep them inside when you’ve just mowed the grass. And, be sure to remove grass cuttings immediately. Aspergillus is a species of common mold found throughout the environment, particularly in dust, straw, grass clippings, and hay. Infections can be nasal but spread throughout the body causing lethargy, depression, vomiting and diarrhea. It’s definitely worth a trip to the vet for proper diagnosis.

 Mold is a fungus that grows on decomposing materials such as leaves, wood, dirt and food. Mold spores trigger reactions like allergic rhinitis or asthma and also produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – that musty odor that irritates eyes, nose, and throat. 

Consequently, it’s really important to ensure there is no mold in the home. For starters, wash infected areas with bleach to remove the visible signs.HEPA filters installed in the home will help to clean the air, and dehumidifiers will prevent mold growth. Infections from mold in pets are often mistreated because they have been wrongly diagnosed as an allergy to pollen or dust mites. While treating your dog for allergies might help alleviate some symptoms, it won’t be that effective unless you get rid of the mold.

The risks associated with smoke go well beyond smoking as well as secondhand smoke. It’s important to target third-hand smoke too such as residual tobacco smoke contamination that accumulates in indoor living spaces  such as the walls and carpeting and on hair, skin, clothing, and personal effects of smokers – and non-smokers and pets! Pets are very susceptible because they are walking and sleeping on such surfaces and then lick their paws or put their toys in their mouths. The answer – make your home a tobacco-free environment and help to promote your neighborhood to be completely smoke-free.

 

 

 

About the Author

Sandy-dog-554x1024 Sandy Robins

As the country’s leading multi-media celebrity pet lifestyle expert and  influencer, SANDY ROBINS documents the wonderful relationship that we have with our pets highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen.

Many dogs and cats have lifestyles that mirror their pet parents’ own lives. Nothing is too good for our fur kids. Consequently, the pet industry is a 58 billion dollar business – bigger than toys, candy and jewelry combined. Sandy documents this industry every step of the way  highlighting how these trends can improve our pet’s general health and well being and enhance our human-animal bond.

 

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