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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

Hypoallergenic Pets—Do They Really Exist?

Hypoallergenic cat.

Are hypoallergenic pets creatures of myth like unicorns and fire-breathing dragons? If you suffer from pet allergies, here is some good news! Hypoallergenic pets DO exist!

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Why Does My Dog Slobber So Much?

Dog drooling.

Dogs and drool are kind of an iconic pairing. From Turner and Hooch to Beethoven, the topic of dog slobber is often breached in the media. 

While some canine companions are a little more, er, moist, than others, drool is not necessarily a bad thing. Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic wants our clientele to understand that dog slobber is actually pretty important and doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker for dog lovers. 

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Pet Safe House Plants: Identifying Friend or Foe

Cat smelling plant.

It only seems natural that those who love animals might also enjoy some greenery in their lives. Caring for plants has many similarities to caring for pets, and many people enjoy nurturing both. 

When bringing plants into a home inhabited by pets, though, Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic wants to be sure that our animal-loving clientele realizes that not all plants and pets get along. If you are strategic, though, there are many pet-safe houseplants you can add to your home without worry. 

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Our Top Five Pet Travel Safety Tips

Dog in suitcase.

Slowly but surely, the world is opening back up again, and we are seeing more and more people itching to get on the road again with pets in tow. To celebrate this, the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic wants to share our top pet travel safety tips to ensure a fun and successful venture.

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Parasite Prevention for Pets

Parasite prevention for pets.

External parasites can cause major discomfort and occasionally serious potential health concerns for your pets. In order to properly protect your pet from these unwanted visitors, it is important to understand how parasites can affect your pet’s health. The team at Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to help you determine how to keep your pets safe from a wide range of parasites.

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The Most Common Allergies In Dogs And What You Can Do To Avoid Them

Dog allergies causing itchy skin.

Just as humans do, many dogs suffer from allergies that can cause an array of symptoms and secondary health problems. Dogs develop allergies to a wide range of allergens like food ingredients and pollen from plants and trees. Allergy symptoms present differently in dogs, though, and might confuse a well-meaning pet owner on the hunt for human-related symptoms like watery eyes and sneezes.

To better understand the common allergies among dogs, the team at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to provide more information and to help give your fur friend some relief.

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Compare/Contrast: The Benefits of Veterinary Bloodwork

A cat visits the vet.

If your pet appears to be the absolute picture of health, drawing and testing their blood may seem unnecessary. However, information that is gained at peak health (known as baseline values) can help prevent future health problems. Comparing and contrasting veterinary bloodwork with earlier baseline values can go a long way to protect your pet’s long-term health and vitality. 

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How to Tell if Your Pet is in Pain

Dog laying on the couch.

No one likes being in pain, including our pets. Fortunately, veterinary medicine has come a long way in regards to understanding and managing pain in animals. It’s well known that pets feel pain in much the same way as humans, and that chronic pain can impede healing and affect their quality of life.

Our pets may not have the words to express how they’re feeling, but there are plenty of ways an astute pet owner can tell if their pet is in pain. 

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Say What? All About the Reverse Sneeze in Dogs

A dog sneezing in the woods

A reverse sneeze may sound like something of a myth, but if you have ever encountered it, it’s unmistakable. It’s true that our dogs make weird noises, but the reverse sneeze is quite distinct. That “honk” and “wheeze” that comes on suddenly can cause great worry in a loving pet owner. It sounds, in fact, like your pet is gasping for air or having a seizure.

While it can be frightening to witness, in most cases the reverse sneeze is harmless. The team at the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic takes a closer look at the reverse sneeze in dogs and what you can do to help your four-legged friend.

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What To Do? Is it a Pet Poisoning or Allergic Reaction

A dog looking guilty

When your pet is in distress, it is easy to panic. For some, this means turning to the Internet to try and decipher what is happening and what to do. The Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic wants to remind you, though, that if you have an established veterinary care team (or even if you don’t) you have some of the best resources available to assess your pet’s situation, right at your fingertips.

Many problems are hard to differentiate based on symptoms alone. Instead of sitting at home asking online forums if you might be dealing with a pet poisoning or an allergic reaction, turn to the expert – your veterinary staff. 

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