Animal Life: Pets Have Allergies Too

May 2, 2014

Pets have allergies too!
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Allergy season is tough on everyone, including our pets. Just like humans, animals can  be allergic to a variety of things. And they even have some of the same symptoms. 

My dog Sparky was miserable, scratching and itching. A veterinary dermatologist tested him and determined that he was allergic to grass, trees and dust. Common pet allergens include pollen, dust, mold, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, and certain foods.

If your pet starts to display symptoms like scratching, snoring, or chewing on his paws, then it's possible he's allergic to something. Your veterinarian can help you figure out what's causing the allergy and suggest a treatment. 

The ASPCA has compiled some helpful information on diagnosing and treating your pet's allergies.