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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

The Pollen Problem: A Closer Look at Spring Allergies in Pets

With Spring in the air, it means trees, grasses, and flowers everywhere are in bloom. While this is a welcome change in weather, those who suffer from spring allergies may have a slightly different outlook.

Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only ones who are affected by the change in season. Many pets experience seasonal allergies, although the symptoms they display can be quite different. The more you know about spring allergies in pets, the better equipped you’ll be to get your companion the help they need.

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The Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic’s Top 5 Veterinary Blogs of 2018

Savvy pet owners know how overwhelming it can be to take in all of the available information in the age of the Internet. You could literally spend days trying to sort through news stories, new scientific studies, veterinary blogs, and Facebook posts to try to find the best information.

Thankfully, pet owners in Washington state are catching on to the fact that the professionals at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic have done a lot of the hard work for you already. Get yourself up to speed by catching up on our top five veterinary blogs of 2018.

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Myth Busters: The Allergic Pet Edition

At Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic we enjoy a good myth-busting blog. It is so much fun to see common misconceptions debunked. We are no strangers to battling misinformation in our day-to-day job either, so we decided to embark on our own myth busting session specific to the allergic pet.

Common Myths About the Allergic Pet

When we sit down with pet parents at their animal’s appointments, we hear lots of common misconceptions. While we are sure that there are others, some of the most frequent myths that we must debunk include:

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Corn Chips, Anyone? Why Your Pet’s Paws Smell Like Fritos

“Why do my pet’s paws smell like Fritos?” This is a surprisingly common question that we get here at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic. No, you aren’t imagining things and, no, your dog isn’t getting into your stash of salty treats (at least, we hope not!).

We believe strongly in empowering pet owners with as much knowledge as possible about their pets. Whether it helps identify a future health problem or is just a fun bit of party trivia, finding out why your pet’s paws smell like Fritos is worth the effort!

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No Sun? No Problem! Rainy Day Activities for Pets

Rainy day activities for pets can help with pet exercise and pet boredom.Most of us enjoy engaging in outdoor activities with our pets when the weather is nice, but what about those days when it’s raining cats and dogs? Are there any rainy day activities for pets that will keep your four-legged pal occupied indoors? Yes! Check out these ideas that are sure to keep your pet entertained no matter the forecast.

The Benefits of Being Active

More than 50% of pets in the U.S. are overweight or obese, so it’s essential to stay active – even during inclement weather. Mental activity is also important to stave off boredom, which can lead to a host of behavioral issues. Keeping your pet engaged both physically and mentally is better for everyone’s health and happiness. Continue…

Pet Safety in Your Own Backyard

Outdoor pet safety keeps your pet safe in the yard and garden, all year longFor pet owners who have a yard, it’s important to consider certain factors such as size and accessibility. If a four-legged friend is very lucky, they’ll also have someplace to enjoy a good nap and take in scenic views of wildlife. As an extension of your home, backyards are usually safe for pets provided they’re fully fenced, reinforced, and gated. But what about not-so-obvious dangers to pet safety?

Pest-Free Zone

We all like to think our backyards are clean and pest/parasite-free, but, unfortunately, we can’t control the great outdoors. We can, however, do our part to reduce the impact bugs have on our lives. Continue…

To Neuter or Not to Neuter? That is the Question

Neuter your dog, yo.Traditionally, veterinarians in the United States have been fairly unified on if and when to spay or neuter pets. For most, the answer is yes and the typical recommendation is to perform the procedure at around six months of age.

In the last few years, though, some new research has come to light that makes the waters a bit murkier. Pet owners have begun to question whether that traditional spay and neuter timeline is the best path, and some veterinarians have begun to backpedal as well.

At this time, it does not appear that there is a conclusive answer as to if and when to spay or neuter your pets. The best thing to do at this point is put all the research on the table and work as a team to come up with the best answer for each individual pet, one case at a time. Continue…

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Want to Build a Catio? It’s Even Better than It Sounds!

Build a catio and provide your kitty safe and protected outdoor time. People spend an inordinate amount of time saving up for vacations, or planning activities designed to stimulate the senses. In fact, this preoccupation with our own entertainment motivates us to work longer hours, cut coupons, and invest in the art of patiently waiting for the right moment to appear. This endless pursuit got us thinking about the cats we know and love.

If they were to create something that truly knocked their proverbial socks off, would they build a catio? You bet!

A Taste of Freedom

Without exposure to predators, parasites, or vehicular accidents, indoor-only felines can live two decades (or more!). However, strictly indoor cats commonly have fewer opportunities to exert themselves and exhibit their natural behaviors. Some form of enrichment should be provided and with obesity and diabetes on the rise, it’s worth it to consider the benefits of a catio. Continue…

Your Best Defense: Flea Prevention Treatments and How They Work

Flea prevention is important to your pet's health.Fleas are ubiquitous to animals but they don’t have to be a threat to our pets. If you’ve ever experienced a flea infestation or had a pet with parasites, it’s likely you’ll do whatever it takes to avoid going through that again.

However, while fleas are annoying, they can also be dangerous and expose pets and people to a wide range of zoonotic illnesses. Some of these can be devastating, such as cat scratch disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Untreated fleas are also the source of skin problems that can result in infection, hair loss, and more.

Flea prevention is a must to keep your family and furry friends protected, but there are so many products – how do you know which one to choose? Let the team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic remove the guesswork! Continue…

8 Great Tips for Hiking With Your Pet

Hiking with your pet is a great opportunity for pet health, pet exercise, and to combat pet obesitySpring has finally sprung, and it’s that time of year in the PNW when we have a small window between rainy seasons (yeah, right!). Nonetheless, most outdoor enthusiasts don’t mind a little inclement weather and are gearing up for some hiking fun this season.

Since hiking safety means a lot of awareness and little bit of preparation, hiking with your pet naturally requires an added level of safety and legwork. To help make the most out of the great outdoors with your furry loved one, the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic has a few tips to make sure every trek is an awesome one. Continue…