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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

The Scratchiest Season: Does Your Pet Have Pollen Allergies

From lawn mowers buzzing to big, beautiful blossoms, spring and summer bring great outdoor opportunities, yard and garden prep, and, oh yeah, allergies.

Many of us suffer from the sneezing season often brought on by pollens, grasses, mold, and you name it. But if your pet has been itching more than usual, they, too, may suffer from this affliction. Instead of the respiratory syndrome that we see in people, cats and dogs most commonly present with skin issues.

Pollen is one of the environmental allergens that cause a reaction in some pet companions. Does your pet have pollen allergies? Read on to learn more from the team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic.

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Sneezes, Itches, and Bites: How Seasonal Changes Affect Pets

Has the changing weather had an impact on how you are feeling? Seasonal allergies are a common theme this time of year, along with more mosquitoes, ticks, flies, fleas, and the like. 

This is true for our pet companions too. Like us, pets are making the shift into a new season, too. The great news is that this can be an amazing time of year for both exercise and activities in the great outdoors – if you keep your pet protected.

The team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to explain how seasonal changes affect pets and what you can do to keep your pet safe and feeling their best.

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In Our Veterinary Waiting Room, A Little Goes a Long Way

No one likes to wait, and yet, our lives are simply full of waiting. Sometimes, the result of waiting has a sweet or satisfying reward, but generally speaking, waiting can be stressful.

When pets are forced into their carriers or coerced on their leashes to attend an appointment, nerves in our veterinary waiting room can be palpably felt. With a little extra consideration and emotional management, there are ways to reduce anxiety and improve not only your pet’s experience – but that of other waiting pets, too!

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Breathing Trouble: Asthma in Cats and Dogs 

Have you noticed breathing difficulty with your furry loved one as the weather warms? Or an increase in coughing, sneezing, and general lethargy? They may have asthma, or a related respiratory illness. 

Asthma can make your pet feel under the weather, as well as experience lowered immunity. The team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to explain this condition and how to help your pet feel better.

What Is Pet Asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory illness that can be serious in some pets. Cats are more likely to develop asthma than dogs, but both species are susceptible. Small breed dogs tend to experience asthma more often than large dogs. 

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How to Enjoy the Spring and Avoid a Pet Poisoning 

Spring is just around the corner! You and your pet may be heartily anticipating longer days, but more outside time can increase exposure to potential threats. This begs the question: is your backyard free of hazards

Beyond potentially poisonous chemicals like bait, fertilizers or pesticides, the plants about to pop through top soil could result in a pet poisoning. To create an environment that ensures their well-being (and all but guarantees spring pet safety), we must establish a proactive approach to dangerous springtime plants.

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Self Attack: Autoimmune Disease in Pets

A sick pet is a sad thing, no doubt. Even more devastating when the reason for a pet’s illness is their own body! 

Sometimes the amazing and complicated inner workings of biological function can go awry. There are a large number of diseases in which the immune system begins to wage war on its own cells. Autoimmune disease in pets can manifest in several ways, each very different.

When Good Immune Systems Go Bad

Our immune system is essential, designed to protect the body from unwanted and foreign invaders. Autoimmune disease in pets can occur when the body targets a cell or group of cells that is supposed to be there and decides that it is a potential enemy.

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Should You Be Worried About Holiday Pet Safety?

The concept of holiday pet safety can mean something slightly different to everyone. But one thing we can all agree on is that the emergency room pales in comparison to all the warmth, laughter, and coziness at home. 

No matter your pet’s species, age, or personality, the strategies for a safe holiday season are the same, and your friends at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic can help you get started.

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What Are the Signs of Pet Allergies?

The signs of pet allergies can be incredibly subtle and they can be mistaken for other skin disorders. Whatever the case may be, a veterinary dermatologist can help you get to the bottom of certain signs.

A Wide Range

At the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic we are dedicated to helping pets cope with allergies, but we also have experience with various conditions like skin cancer, infections, rashes, parasites, tumors, and hair loss (among others). Problems that affect the skin and ears commonly motivate owners to seek help, but fully understanding pet allergies and other skin conditions can be difficult without extensive dermatology training.

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Pet Ear Cleaning: How To Do It, And Why You Should

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A regular grooming regimen is a must for pets. Besides keeping them looking and feeling their best, grooming gets you up close and personal with your pet’s skin  and fur, allowing you to easily spot lumps, bumps, parasites, or anything else out of the ordinary.

Along with brushing, bathing, nail trimming, and (hopefully) tooth brushing, pet ear cleaning is an essential part of any grooming regimen. Messing with your pet’s ears may sound daunting, but with a little practice it will become like second nature.

In general, cats typically don’t benefit from having their ears cleaned – instead, check their ears for dirt and debris, and remove any by wiping with a damp cloth.

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Your Best Foot Forward: Paw Problems in Pets

Your pet’s paws are more than just adorable. They are what allows for those romps in the fields, a good swimming session, digging in the dirt, and even some special bonding moments. Who can resist that gentle paw in your lap when you least expect it?

Paws are certainly tough, but they also take a beating. Paws come into close contact with the world around them, and are constantly exposed to moisture, allergens, irritants, and other dangers. It’s no wonder that paw problems in pets aren’t uncommon.

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