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Pets can suffer from allergies as well as humans. Where humans suffer from hay fever symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing, our pets’ symptoms are usually itchy skin, recurrent skin or ear infections and hair loss.

There are different types of allergens that can plaque pets and over half of pet owners aren't aware their pets can be miserable with seasonal allergies too.

Outdoor. During Spring and Summer, pollen and grasses are common allergens.

Indoor. In our homes, mold spores or dust mites are common allergens.

Fleas. This allergen is caused by the saliva from the flea bite and is the most common skin disease in dogs and cats. If your pet is allergic to fleas, getting the fleas totally under control is very important for relief for your pet. Treat your pet year round with an appropriate flea control product.

Secondary Infections. Recurrent skin or ear infections can be caused by allergies, resulting in bacterial and yeast infections.

Food. We may not think about our pets being allergic to an ingredient in their food, but it does happen. Some symptoms may include itchy skin, hot spots, ear infections and/ or gastrointestinal upset. Your pet may have a sensitivity to ingredients such as preservatives, dyes, corn, wheat, rice, soy, eggs, potato or a variety of animal proteins. You can try and put your pet on a “dietary restriction trial” . You will want to give your pet a diet of food which has ingredients your pet has not eaten previously, primarily the types of protein and carbohydrate. If the allergy symptoms appear to resolve after a few weeks, you can slowly reintroduce the previous diet and monitor for allergy symptoms.

To keep your pet happy and healthy, see your veterinarian to determine the underlying cause of the allergy and to begin a treatment plan.

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