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Allergy Season is Here

Right now San Jose is having record high pollen counts and our dogs and cats are having lots of skin, ear, eye, & respiratory problems as a result. Here are a few suggestions of what you can do at home.

Allergies and skin conditions are one of the top reasons pets visit the veterinary hospital. Pets can develop allergies to flea saliva, ingredients in food, and inhalants, such as trees, grasses, and weed pollen. Itching and scratching are the most common signs seen with pet allergies. Secondary skin and ear infections can also occur from allergies.

Unless you can eliminate exposure to the allergen completely, there is no cure for allergies. But treatment options are available for our itchy, scratchy pets. Often, a combination of the treatments detailed below works best to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms.

Nonprescription treatments

Antihistamines
Antihistamines help to relieve symptoms in 20 percent of pets with allergies. Several options of over-the-counter antihistamines are available. Talk with your veterinarian about proper doses for Benadryl and other antihistamines.

Fatty acid supplements
Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids help relieve symptoms in 25 percent of pets with allergies. Typically, fatty acid supplements will need to be given on a daily basis for at least one month before improvement will be seen.

Bathing
Giving Fido a good scrub down helps to remove pollen from his skin and coat, thus keeping his inhalant allergy symptoms at bay. Talk with your veterinarian about prescription shampoos that contain medication to treat secondary skin infections and itching. Be sure to allow the lather to soak into your pet’s skin for 3 to 5 minutes, which will enable the medication to take effect.

if these suggestions are not working, then we will need to see your pet. If secondary infections occur, then prescription medications will be necessary.

And don't forget to keep up on your flea control. Fleas thrive in the relatively warm & humid weather we are having now. If your flea products are not working, then we can send home some of the newest & most effective products for you to use.

Don' t hesitate to call us at 408-264-3550. We are here 7 days a week to answer your questions and to help you out.

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