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                                                Inhalant Allergies In Dogs And Cats
                                                                 By Peter Garant

    Several objects in the environment can be inhaled by pets and can trigger allergic reactions in dogs
and cats. These objects induce the cells of the pets to release substances such as histamine. With
histamine, the irritation begins.

The objects in the environment that cause this type of allergies are called allergens. Some examples of
these allergens are the following:

· Pollen from the surrounding flowering plants · Dusts that have accumulated in several areas in the
house · Mites and similar tiny creatures that survive and live on dust · Molds, fungi, and other similar
low forms of plants. The spores from these can be inhaled by pets

Pets, upon exposure to the above allergens will show several symptoms. Among dogs, the major
symptoms are:

· Unstoppable itching in the face and in the feet · Other itching and irritation in several parts of the
body · Occurrence of sores and discharges · Loss of hair

Among cats, the symptoms of inhalant allergies are:

· Unspecific itching · Intolerable itching in the face, neck, and thighs · Inflammation and sores in
different parts of the body · Loss of hair

When the above symptoms are displayed, especially on certain seasons, such as spring and summer,
dogs or cats are most likely affected by pollen allergy. To accurately determine the occurrence of
inhalant allergies, pets should be taken to the vet. The vet will carry out a skin test to find out if, indeed,
the dog or cat is suffering from inhalant allergies. Some vets also conduct blood tests, but the results of
this type of test are oftentimes uncertain.

The best treatment is prevention of further worsening of the allergy. That is, the source of the allergens
should be removed. Sometimes, this is easy if the allergens are dusts and mites that live in them. A
good cleaning is all that a pet owner needs to do. But sometimes, removing the allergen could be
difficult. That is, taking away the flowering plant may not be feasible.

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Thus, owners resort to other treatments. Two of these allergy treatments are:

· Anti-itch medicines – These medicines suppress the production of histamines. These can be taken
orally or gently rubbed on the irritated area.

· Allergy shots – These can make the pets less sensitive to the presence of allergens. Vets can provide
these allergy shots.

Not all cats and dogs suffer allergies when exposed to pollen and other inhaled allergens. The reason
for this is their heredity. Other pets have genetic characteristics that predisposes them to have

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                                                      Dealing With Pet Allergies
                                                                 By A. Wilmot

Dealing With Pet Allergies by A. Wilmot

It is Winter time again, a time of the year when pets and humans are very vulnerable to each other. As
this is obviously the chilliest time of the year, animals are much more likely to be cooped up inside the
house with us. All of the windows and doors are closed to the world and the heat is blasting around the
These are exactly the conditions which make our winter homes playgrounds for certain allergens. Our
pets are extremely vulnerable to the dust in the carpet, the mold inside the walls of your old house and
other pets. But warm moist times of the year are high allergy times as well. Allergies are simply the
most common conditions affecting cats and according to Kansas
 State University, 15% of dogs suffer from common allergies like pollen and house dust. An allergic
reaction is the work of an overactive immune system. It is when an animal responds abnormally to a
seemingly everyday substance such as grass or general food ingredients.
Of the different kinds of allergies, contact allergies are the least common in cats and dogs. An Example
of a contact allergen is a flea collar. Grass and various kinds of bedding such as wool are also
examples. An Inhalant Allergy is the most common allergy for cats and is also prevalent in dogs.
This particular kind of allergy is caused by the hypersensitivity of the immune system to environmental
substances. A Flea Allergy is the single most common dog allergy but is also common cats. The
normal dog or cat suffers only somewhat minor irritation in lieu of a flea bite with minimal itching.
A food allergy is also somehat common in pets. Cats often become allergic to their most common
protein such as tuna. Dogs can be allergic to proteins like chicken and beef. When it comes to
allergies, like most things it's a matter of controlling, not curing. Once an animal's body becomes
hypersensitive to certain things, it is then eternally vulnerable to those things.
 Regarding treatment of allergies, the most common treatments are topical products like shampoos or
antihistamines. There are also certain supplements that you can give to your pets to help support
 the insides of their bodies, which to an extent determine the condition of the outside. For additional
Information visit
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