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Posted on 05-24-2017
May is peak season for runny noses, clogged sinuses and other signs of allergies in people. It has even been declared national Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month, it's so bad. Although they are sometimes forgotten, dogs and cats are included in the allergy victims who could use recognition and help with unpleasant symptoms.
Unlike humans with allergies, dogs and cats with allergies are usually itchy. The most common allergen for dogs and cats is flea saliva, and by May, the fleas are out in force. Asthma in dogs is usually caused by allergies that irritate the airway. This can cause trouble breathing, coughing, lethargy and lack of appetite. Asthma in cats is more common than asthma in dogs, and usually causes rapid, shallow breathing.
The treatments chosen for dogs and cats with asthma and allergies depends on the allergen and the severity of the reaction. Prescription drugs are available from Canton veterinarians if your pet is having acute or severe problems. Long-term drug therapy is possible, but has side effects. Some at-home treatments can be very effective. Some of the available treatments are:
Immunotherapy is a term that refers to allergy shots and newer oral treatments. It is often used in cases where the pet is allergic to something he or she cannot escape. Your Canton veterinarians at Acres Mills Veterinary Clinic can help you decide what kind of treatment is best for your pet.
An itchy pet is a miserable pet. Luckily, there are things that can be done to make your pet feel better. To discuss options and get advice, call your Canton veterinarians at Acres Mills Veterinary Clinic today.
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