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Allergens are small particles that our bodies might react to. Allergens enter a pet’s body through their skin, ears, and nose.
Dogs can suffer from allergies all year long. Year-round triggers include:
-Environmental elements: grass, cedar, mold, pollen. Environmental allergies vary by state and region. Here in Denver, we see a lot of dogs who suffer from cedar and pollen, just like their humans!
-Household items: dust mites, fabrics, and cleaning supplies
-Other pests: fleas
-Food allergies in pets are rare. Please call us if you think your pet might be allergic to a specific food. We’re always happy to answer your questions.
Prevent and ease your dog’s pain:
-Walk your dog around (not through!) pollen piles. After walks, wipe each paw with a moist towel.
-Vacuum and change your air conditioner filters at regular intervals.
-Baths can help remove allergens.
1. Use cool water and products specifically made for animals.
2. Don’t over-bathe your pet. Twice a week is plenty, unless advised by your veterinarian.
3. Air drying your pet is best for his body. If you must use a hair dryer, use the lowest setting.
Cats suffer from allergies far less than dogs.
-We highly recommend using a flea medication to prevent flea allergies.
-Some cats suffer from food allergies. Call us if you think your cat is allergic to a food and we’ll help answer your questions.
-You might need to see a pet dermatology specialist to diagnose and treat your cat is experiencing.
Make an appointment with your Goodheart veterinarian if your pet is suffering. Your doctor can prescribe medications to recover a happier life.