Pets can develop allergies at any stage of life, but allergies in elderly pets can be very frustrating, not only for pet parents but also for pets. Pets with allergies are often itchy and uncomfortable and can cause skin irritations that need to be addressed by a vet.
The good news is, there are new medications available to help treat pet allergies that can alleviate most if not all symptoms, helping your elderly pet live more comfortably.
The first thing you should do if you see your pet constantly scratching, licking his paws, or gnawing at his fur, is to talk with your vet especially if you notice excessive licking, scratching or general discomfort. If allergies are diagnosed, there are medications, as well as holistic treatments that can help.
If your elderly pet is suffering from allergies, there are several steps you can take to help your senior pet.
- Talk with your vet to determine if allergies is the actual cause of your pet’s discomfort and discuss possible treatment options that may help.
- Consider switching your pet’s diet. Some vets recommend home cooked diets to help control allergies, but you should work with your vet before switching your pet’s food. You can also work with a vet nutritional specialist to determine what foods may help reduce symptoms.
- Bathe your pet more regularly and consider a hypo allergenic shampoo. Pets who have allergies tend to flare up the more they are exposed to allergens. Bathing helps remove some of the allergens and can reduce symptoms. Also, wiping your pet’s paws with hypoallergenic towelettes can also reduce allergy symptoms.
- Salmon oil may help some pets alleviate dry and itchy skin
- Keep your home free of allergy triggers. Like people, pets are susceptible to household allergies like dust and mold. Cleaning your home regularly can help reduce allergens and help improve your pets symptoms. A cool mist humidifier can also put moisture in the air during dry weather and can help relieve dry, itchy skin.
If you suspect that your elderly pet has allergies, do what you can to help but be sure to speak with your vet to determine if allergies are the true cause of your pet’s discomfort. Rest assured, with the proper care and treatment, your furry friend should feel better in no time.
Allergy medications can be expensive and pet insurance can help offset the cost of allergy medications that your vet may recommend.
We highly recommend pet insurance for parents of elderly pets. Visit our pet insurance facts page for more information about pet insurance.