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Posted on 04-23-2016
It’s baaacckk…allergy season, that is. Dogs and cats can suffer from the same seasonal allergies as their human counterparts. Pets, too, can have red, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, or coughing and sneezing, but often their allergies manifest in other ways. Persistent scratching and licking and biting at the skin are signs that should not be ignored.
Seasonal grass and pollen allergies create misery for our pets. One sign of these allergies in dogs is unusual pinkness between the toes. The pet will lick its feet constantly in an effort to relieve the irritation. Left untreated, the pinkness may progress to redness, swelling, and eventually, secondary infection. Treatment for seasonal allergies may be as simple as Zyrtec for runny eyes and nasal congestion, or may include stronger medications such as Apoquel, which interrupts the inflammatory process.
Fleas are the most common cause of allergies in dogs and cats. The presence of small black specks on the pet’s skin indicate that fleas are present even if the fleas themselves are not visible. These specks are “flea poop,” which is composed of digested blood. Not sure if the black specks on your pet is ordinary dirt or a sign of fleas? Just wet some of the specks and see if they turn red. Many a panicked owner has rushed their pet to emergency because of dissolving flea poop which can make it appear that the pet is bleeding all over. Flea poop tends to be concentrated around the base of the tail, on the abdomen, or in the thicker fur around the neck, although in severe flea infestations the pet may be covered in it.
Flea poop, also called flea dirt, is usually more noticeable on dogs than on cats due to feline grooming habits. Cat owners may notice tiny scabs on their cat’s neck and shoulders or around the base of the tail. This is known as miliary dermatitis and is caused by the cat’s reaction to flea bites. Owners should keep in mind that even one flea can cause a cascade of misery for a pet allergic to flea bites. Good flea control is essential, and there are many good choices available at Animal Care Associates. Our vets frequently recommend the Seresto collar for dogs and cats because of its long lasting effectiveness against fleas and ticks.
If your pet is showing signs of allergies be sure to schedule an appointment with your favorite Animal Care Associates veterinarian as soon as possible.
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Animal Care Associates will no longer be seeing patients on Saturdays.
Beginning on May 19th Animal Care Associates will no longer have doctor hours on Saturday. We will remain open for boarders only. Unfortunately we will no longer have veterinarians available to see patients on that day.
We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions please call our office at 304-344-2244
|Monday||9:00am to 1:00pm||3:00pm to 6:30pm|
|Tuesday||9:00am to 1:00pm||3:00pm to 5:00pm|
|Wednesday||9:00am to 1:00pm||3:00pm to 5:00pm|
|Thursday||9:00am to 1:00pm||3:00pm to 5:00pm|
|Friday||9:00am to 1:00pm||3:00pm to 6:30pm|
|Saturday||No doctor hours|
|Sunday||No doctor hours|