OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The mild winter weather we experienced might have allowed more outside playtime for your dog, but many are paying for it now. Veterinarians report a rough allergy season for our four-legged friends.
At Nall Hills Animal Hospital in Overland Park, they have treated a steady stream of dogs for allergies. Just like humans, vets say these spring allergies leave dogs extremely uncomfortable.
“The signs they would look for are chewing the paws, maybe scratching the ears, or the dog shaking their head because they're itchy,” Dr. Melissa Minor said.
If left untreated, all of that scratching can lead to skin infections. The doctor’s orders? Much like humans.
“So many times, they need to be on antibiotics and maybe some topical treatments to help them with the infection,” Minor said.
Dr. Minor says usually an antihistamine like Benadryl will do the trick. In severe cases, she might prescribe a steroid like Prednisone.
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