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Allergies & Your Pet

April 26, 2012


We sneeze, they itch.

You’ve heard it on the news, and read it in the papers. This is the worst season in 25 years for allergy sufferers, including your pets.  This time of year leaves many of us with red, watery eyes and runny noses while our pets are compelled to chew, lick, scratch, shake their ears and rub their bellies on just about anything they can to get relief.

 

What are the most common allergens?

Pollen in the springtime, mold in the summer, ragweed during autumn; indoor dust and mold mites, cat and dog dander.  Nearly 80% of dogs with allergies suffer all twelve months.

 

How do I know if my pet has allergies?

Several classic regions on the body tend to be affected most often.  These areas of skin are often red, itchy and crusted, sometimes with a rash or hair loss. The ears are also affected, sometimes more severely as floppy ears will trap in moisture and infection.

 

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Popular breeds for allergies: Dalmatian, Golden retriever, West Highland white terrier, Shar Pei, Cocker spaniel, Labrador , Cairn terrier, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Boxer, French and English Bulldog, and Pug.


So what is the next step? Allergy diagnosis requires eliminating other causes for your pet’s clinical signs. This involves taking a detailed history of symptoms, a complete physical examination and some preliminary laboratory tests to rule out other reasons for itching/hair loss (namely mange, ringworm, food allergy, hypothyroidism).  If it is found that an allergy is the likely cause, allergy testing can be submitted to confirm the diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.

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