Every year, millions of Americans cough, sneeze, and rub their eyes in response to allergens in the air. What some people don’t realize is that cats and dogs can also experience allergies. While humans know to stay inside and take allergy drugs, pets tend to have a more difficult time. Here’s a brief look at the common triggers, symptoms, and prevention measures for dogs and cats with allergies:
Cats and dogs are allergic to many of the same things as humans. For instance, pollen from weeds, trees, mold, and grass can send an allergic cat or dog into a sneezing frenzy. Certain food products, flea-control medicines, fabrics, and perfumes can cause additional allergy symptoms. If you suspect that your pet is allergic to something in your home, whether its dust or cigarette smoke, have your veterinarian perform a comprehensive allergy test.
Again, you’ll find that your pets’ allergy symptoms are very similar to your own. When exposed to their allergy triggers, cats and dogs often experience sneezing, itchy ears, and itchy and runny eyes. Cats and dogs may also lick themselves excessively and chew on their paws. In serious cases, pets may suffer from diarrhea or vomiting. Only a skilled veterinarian can tell you whether these symptoms are caused by allergies or a more serious condition.
As a pet owner, the best thing you can do for your pet is to remove as many of his allergy triggers as you can. If your pet is allergic to dust, for example, you should keep your home as tidy as possible. If your pet is allergic to tree or grass pollen, you might take him on shorter walks during periods of high pollen counts.
One of the skilled veterinarians from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can identify the source of your pet’s allergy symptoms and help him live a happier and more comfortable life. To speak with a veterinarian or book a pet grooming session, call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.
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Obesity doesn’t just affect people—it also affects millions of American pets as well. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53% of dogs and 55% of cats are overweight or obese.
This video discusses the pet obesity epidemic in more detail. Many veterinarians are of the opinion that obesity can shorten a pet’s life by as much as two and a half years. And yet it is a largely preventable issue. If your dog is getting too fat, you should reduce his portion size and take him on more walks. If your cat is on the heavier side, check with us or your veterinarian first to make sure your portion sizes and food offerings are life-stage appropriate. You can also break the kitties’ daily ‘food dose” up into 4-8 smaller meals, strategically placed in various locations around the house. This results in what we call the “kitty treasure hunt” and helps mimic the natural pattern of feral cats searching the environment for multiple small prey items throughout the day.
Before you make any changes to your pet’s diet, you should consult with us or your regular veterinarian. If you’re looking for a skilled vet, call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309. Both are part of the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group.
Everyone knows that obesity is a serious problem among humans; fewer people, however, realize that obesity also affects cats and dogs.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention suggests that over 50% of adult cats and dogs are obese or overweight. That’s about 41 million dogs and 47 million cats! Part of the reason for this epidemic is because modern pet foods have more calories than they did in the past. Veterinarians also attribute the problem to too much food and not enough exercise. As a pet owner, it’s your duty to control your pet’s portion sizes and make sure he gets enough exercise. If left unaddressed, obesity can shorten your pet’s life by as much as two or more years.
Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help your pet live a long, healthy life. To schedule an appointment with a veterinarian or learn more about pet boarding, call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.
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