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Allergies in dogs and cats: How to help your pet cope with the spring season

With the arrival of spring, seasonal allergies also arrive for many people. But did you know that dogs and cats can also be affected by allergies at this time of year? In this blog, we’ll explore the causes of allergies in our pets, the symptoms to look out for and how we can help our furry friends get through this spring season in comfort and well-being.

Causes of allergies in dogs and cats:

  1. Pollen: Pollen is one of the main causes of seasonal allergies in dogs and cats. During spring, the air is filled with pollen from flowering plants, trees and flowers, which can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive pets.
  2. Dust mites: Dust mites are another common cause of allergies in dogs and cats. These tiny insects can be found in house dust and proliferate in spring, triggering allergic symptoms in susceptible pets.
  3. Fungi and moulds: Increased humidity in spring can encourage the growth of fungi and moulds inside and outside our homes, which can trigger allergies in dogs and cats exposed to these substances.


There are not only spring allergies, but also persistent allergies such as food allergies.

What are food allergies?

Food allergies occur when a pet’s immune system overreacts to one or more ingredients in its food. Unlike food intolerances, which affect the digestive system, allergies involve an immune response and can cause symptoms in the skin, stomach and other body systems.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Persistent itching
  • Hair loss
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Digestive problems such as vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Skin redness or rashes


Allergen identification:

The first step in managing food allergies is to identify the allergen responsible. This often involves a process of elimination, starting with a hypoallergenic diet and gradually reintroducing ingredients to observe any reactions.

Tips for coping with food allergies:

  1. Consultation with a veterinarian: Always start with a visit to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and personalised recommendations.
  2. Hypoallergenic diet: Consider switching to a diet specifically formulated for pets with food allergies.
  3. Label reading: Learn to read pet food labels and avoid ingredients known to cause allergies, such as certain grains and common proteins.
  4. Natural supplements: Some supplements can help strengthen your pet’s skin and immune system, reducing sensitivity to allergens.
  5. Patience and consistency: Managing food allergies can take time. Maintain a consistent diet and make changes gradually.

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