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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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Understanding Pet Allergies: An Owner’s Guide

ASAC_iStock_000039219812_Large (1)It is a frequent diagnosis. The reason for your pet’s rash, ear infection, or hair loss is simply this: allergies. Most pet owners accept this diagnosis, even if they may not understand exactly what an allergy is or why it happens.

For pet owners who have a four legged friend who suffers from pet allergies, it is very important to understand what allergies are, why they happen, and what can be done. Keep reading to learn the basics about pet allergies. Continue…

Spring is in the Air: Managing Spring Pet Allergies

ASAC_iStock_000006980535_LargeEven though Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow this year, spring is still right around the corner – especially here in the Pacific Northwest. While we all may be looking forward to some warmer temperatures, the change in seasons often comes with changing allergy symptoms.

Spring pet allergies can be challenging but, with a little preparation, you can prepare to manage your pet’s symptoms in the months ahead.

What Causes Spring Allergies?

Pets can be allergic to many things, including pollens from trees and grasses. The start of the spring allergy season is brought on by the increase of pollen in the air as plants begin to come out of their winter dormant period. This starts a little earlier in the Pacific Northwest than in many other areas of the country, due to the mild weather of the region. Continue…

Autumn Pet Allergies

young Australian shepherd playing with leavesJust as it is for many people, autumn can be a difficult season for pets that suffer from allergies, too. Animals who suffer from allergies can have flare ups at any time of the year, however many pets tend to have a harder time of it as the weather shifts into fall.

Flea Allergies in Pets

Fleas are annoying to any animal. However, pets who suffer from an allergy to flea bites (flea allergic dermatitis) have reactions that are much more serious than the average pet. Just as certain people react more intensely to a mosquito bite than others, there are pets whose reaction to a flea bite is very intense as well. Flea season tends to peak in the fall in many areas, making this type of allergy a big concern. Continue…