Protecting Your Furry Friends from Allergies: A Guide from RSPCA Victoria

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:

  • Reduce Outdoor Time During Peak Pollen Periods: Be mindful of the pollen forecast and avoid extended outdoor activities during high pollen levels.
  • Regularly Clean and Wipe Your Pet's Fur: Wiping your pet's fur with a damp cloth can help remove any pollen or allergens that may have settled on their coats.
  • Consult Your Veterinarian: If you suspect that your pet is suffering from allergies, consult your veterinarian for a professional assessment and guidance on suitable treatments. Veterinarians can recommend allergy tests and treatment options to alleviate your pet's discomfort.

Want to support the great work at RSPCA Victoria? Consider making a donation to help them continue protecting all creatures great and small. Every bit helps!

Donate here

< Back