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It's Raining Cats
					
WRITTEN BY JENNIFER RIALES

Springtime even brings
allergies to our fourlegged friends. Here
are a few tips from
veterinary experts on
how to help your pet
during the season.

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FROM UNEXPECTED SPRING SHOWERS and allergy flareups to small, sprouting buds in the garden, spring brings all things
new with it, not only for humans, but for our animals, as well.
Like their two-legged companions, animals experience many of
the same frustrations this season brings with it, including allergies.
According to U.S. Canine's website 10-20% of dogs display
symptoms of allergen sensitivities in the springtime.
"Just like humans, our pets can be very sensitive to outdoor
allergens such as trees, grass and weed pollens, dust, house and
storage mites, fleas and indoor and outdoor molds," says U.S.
Canine.
Courtney Wiegard, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Vinton
Veterinary Hospital, says to watch for symptoms such as sneezing,
snoring, itching, licking paws, scooting, red skin, ear infections and
scratching.
"If you notice your pet rubbing at their face/eyes/ears, obsessively
licking or biting their feet and coat, or excessive scratching,
they might be sensitive to an environmental allergen," says U.S.
Canine. "Do not allow this behavior to continue since it can lead
to infections, irritation, open sores, and ultimately an incredibly
uncomfortable [pet]."
Wiegard suggests pet owners maintain a journal to log when
their pets' symptoms began, how they progress and a list of their
specific symptoms.

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