Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

posted: by: Southington Veterinary Associates Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

       May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

        With the weather improving and flowers blooming a lot of us are spending more time outdoors. Outdoor time means more chances of coming in contact with pollen and insects.  Most of us are aware of bees, wasps, ants and mosquito bites but there are a host of other allergy triggers out there.  
       
          If your pet is stung first make sure you remove the stinger (if there is one present) and soak the area in cool water.  If they begin to exhibit any swelling, trouble breathing, hives, etc. call your veterinarian or local emergency room right away.
    • Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction can include: hives, itching, nasal congestion, rash, and/or watery/itchy eyes. 
    • Symptoms of a sever allergic reaction can include: abdominal pain, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, swelling of the face, eyes or tongue, weakness, wheezing, difficulty breathing and unconsciousness.
       
        If you haven't joined our Facebook Community please feel free to do so. We regularly post tips, information, on-going raffles, specials and patient pictures for everyone to enjoy! It's a great opportunity to show off your own pet and become a part of the SVA Family!