Pets are just as susceptible to seasonal allergies as their owners are. The biggest problem - they can't let us know how they're feeling. It won't take a microscope to diagnose them, but paying attention to these signs may let you know that they're feeling a bit under the weather. Our southeast Michigan pet owners know that in late summer environmental allergies continue to be an issue for some!
Scratching and Biting
One of the most common symptoms is itchiness. A vet visit might be necessary, but an easy at-home remedy would be a bath with a mild allergy relief shampoo. Wags to Wiskers' carry a number of reliable brands and we would be happy to advise you. If it gets serious, and the scratching is incessant resulting in inflamed and infected skin, it might be best to see a professional.
Part of this might come from increased scratching and agitation from a particular spot on the body. The dry skin causes it to flake and the hair to fall out easily. Again, an at-home bath might help moisturize the skin, but if the problem is far along then veterinary help is a good idea.
Abnormal, compulsive paw licking is a common sign of allergies in dogs. Facial rubbing is a similar behavior, and these occur because when dogs have allergies, they push out the histamines toward their extremities, such as paws, ears, face, and anal region. As a result, butt scooting and chronic ear infections are common reactions. Consider giving your dog an OTC Benadryl or antihistamine, but if it's not their first time then try a very low dose at first!
These tend to be less prevalent than the above, but they also affect cats more than dogs. Felines are more sensitive to environmental pollutants and while the symptoms are quite obvious - difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing - they should be checked out by a veterinary professional immediately, as they can be related to more serious health issues.