As if we need another reason to be aware of me, May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Many of my social media friends may not realize this but I suffer from environmental allergies. This is why my coat is sometimes less than perfect. While other sufferers may be embarrassed by this fact, I want to use my position as an AHDC blogger to spread awareness of allergies in my dog and cat friends. Our allergy symptoms are often different than those you experience. Below I listed some common symptoms you may see in your allergic pets:
- Red staining to feet and fur (saliva stains red)
- Licking or chewing feet
- General itchiness
- Chronic ear infections
- Sneezing with clear nasal discharge
- Clear eye discharge
I’m also going to share the spotlight today with my friend, Duck, who has been diagnosed with asthma. Duck gets treated regularly with an inhaler to help keep his symptoms at bay.
Asthma is a much more serious illness and needs to be addressed quickly. Here are signs to watch for if you are concerned about asthma:
- Coughing or gagging
- Trouble breathing
- Blue lips or gums
- Open mouth breathing
If you notice any of these symptoms in your 4-legged kids, please call my friends at AHDC.