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Spring is in the air, how pets are affected by allergies

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Believe it or not pets can suffer from allergies. Just like a human, they can have allergies to pollens, foods or household items.

Common allergens for pets include pollens such as tree, grass or weed pollen. Mold spores, dust mites, dander, feathers and cigarette smoke all affect pets.

Environmental factors are not the only things that trigger pet allergies; foods such as beef, pork, chicken, corn, wheat or soy also can. 

Perfumes ,cleaning products, fabrics, shampoos, rubber and plastics all irritate pets and trigger allergic  reactions.

Symptoms of allergies in pets include red or itchy skin, scratching the back or base of tail, scratching the ears or eyes, sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea.

Allergies can also cause bacterial infections that lead to hair loss and several ailments.

If you suspect your dog suffers from allergies, visit your veterinarian. During the examination, your veterinarian may order blood tests or skin tests.

Veterinarian suggest that once allergens are determined, pet owners should try removing the allergens from your pet’s environment. If your dog suffers food allergies, your veterinarian can discuss changing your dog’s diet. Frequent baths with medicated shampoos can help alleviate symptoms.