Pets & Allergies

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Monday, May 7, 2012 - 7:21am

Your furry friend may be suffering through allergy season as well.

It may be a bad allergy season for you, but your pets could be feelings it too.

Veterinarians say this time of year it's common to find your pets sniffling, coughing or sneezing.

"Outside she definitely sneezes a bit more," says dog owner Chelsea Stimeck about her puppy, Jada.

Vets say if your dog is coughing, sneezing or has dry skin, it's important to take them to the vet to see exactly what they're allergic to.

"Sometimes it takes a lot of work to find the problem," says Dr. Terri Alexander.

Dr. Alexander says seasonal allergies could be to blame.

"I think this time of year it probably increases just because of the weather," she says.

The list of symptoms goes on.

"The skin might be red, they might be scratching a lot, chewing at their skin and at their feet," she says.

And treating a pet is similar to how we would treat ourselves.

"We have some hydrozyzine, is a common one that's used, Benedryl can be used, it doesn't work as well I don't think is what I've seen on others. There's other antihistamines out there that can be tried," says Dr. Alexander.

But she says not all of the symptoms are from seasonal allergies.

"They can have the same allergies to some of the same pollens that people do. They can have contact sensitivity to a grass they might be stepping in, food they are eating," she says.
 

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