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Spring in the South is a battle against pollen. Sneezing, sniffling, and coughing is never fun. And while it may be hard for you to get through the day with various allergy symptoms, your pet may also be suffering through the spring too. Because, just like you, your dog or cat can suffer from allergies. Below, we show how you can know if your pet has allergies.

Itchy Skin and Sneezing

One of the most common signs of allergies with your pet, or with humans, is itchy skin or sneezing. When your dog is exposed to allergens in the air, like pollen, they can start to sneeze uncontrollably just like you. Another common symptom is itchy skin or red inflamed bumps like you might get.  If you notice your dog or cat is constantly scratching one area or are sneezing a lot, then they might have allergies. Other common allergy symptoms for pets are coughing, red eyes, ear infections, and paw licking from itchy feet.

Food Allergies

Just like people, dogs and cat can get food allergies. If your pet starts vomiting or experiences diarrhea, you should take your pet to the vet to check for allergies or some other serious issue. Another symptom of food allergies in your dog is your dog scooting across the floor. When dogs do that, their anal glands might be infected which can be a symptom of a food allergy.

Treatment

If your dog or cat has allergies, we can suggest several ways to help your pet. For food allergies, we would suggest watching to see which foods your cat or dog eats to see when they experience symptoms. Then, we would suggest keeping that food out of your pet’s diet like you would keep milk out of your diet if you are lactose intolerant. If your dog is suffering from airborne allergens, we would suggest special allergy medication for your kitty or pooch.

Neither your pet nor you should have to suffer from allergies. We can help make your pet feel better if you take a quick visit to Oceanside! Contact us if you think that your pet has allergies and we will help you both today!

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