Brutal Allergy Season Affecting Pets In North Carolina
Many folks reported worse-than-normal allergies earlier this spring, but now allergies are affecting a different group — your furry friends. It’s a brutal allergy season for pets in North Carolina.
Veterinarians say they are treating record numbers of pets with allergies this summer. Dogs and cats with existing allergies are suffering worse symptoms than normal, pets that never had allergies before are itching and scratching.
“Just our normal pets — that we normally see with allergies, we’re seeing them having flare-ups,” Charlotte veterinarian Dr. Lauren Hendren told Spectrum News. “But now, pets that haven’t had allergies previously, are coming in with problems.”
If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, he or she may be suffering from an allergy flareup. Symptoms include scratching or biting at their skin or fur, compulsive licking of the paws, ear infections or ears that smell funny, and in some cases, respiratory issues such as wheezing and coughing.