Nov. 5, 2023
As Melbourne gears up for the long weekend, pet owners should be aware of a potential threat to their furry companions - extreme pollen levels. RSPCA Victoria has issued a timely warning, urging pet owners to take steps to protect their pets from the adverse effects of pollen.
RSPCA Victoria, has emphasised that pets, just like humans, can suffer from allergies when faced with high or extreme pollen levels. Common signs of allergies in pets include itchy skin, often manifested through behaviours like excessive licking, scratching, and hair-pulling. Additionally, pets may exhibit weepy eyes, a runny nose, and in the case of cats, even asthma symptoms.
Certain dog breeds are more susceptible to allergies. If you own a Dalmatian, Golden Retriever, West Highland White Terrier, Shar Pei, Labrador Retriever, Cairn Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Boxer, or Pug, your pet might be at a higher risk of developing allergies. However, all pet owners should remain vigilant and proactive in protecting their furry friends, regardless of their breed.
RSPCA Victoria also stressed the importance of recognising the signs of allergies and seeking timely veterinary care. Without proper treatment, some allergies can escalate to full-blown anaphylaxis, while others, if left untreated, can lead to behavioural problems and secondary infections. Being aware of the potential risks and taking action is vital to your pet's well-being.
To protect your pets from the adverse effects of allergies, there are several practical steps you can take: