If your pet always seems to be itching or chewing on their paws, back, or ears, they probably have pet allergies. In fact, according to pet insurance companies, pet allergies are the number one reason that pet owners seek veterinary care. Luckily, pet allergies can be diagnosed and treated. Here’s what you need to know to help your pet find relief.
The Basics of Pet Allergies
There are three main allergies that pets experience, and some have a combination of one or more. Here are the basics of each:
Flea allergies – Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) occurs when a pet is allergic to flea saliva. Even one flea bite can trigger an allergic response that sends your pet’s immune system into chaos. Pets with this condition typically itch on the back half of their body, around the base of the tail.
Environmental pet allergies – Dust, pollen, dander and mold are environmental allergens. Allergies to these substances typically start occurring only during certain times of the year, depending on climate and what’s in bloom, but often progress into year-round symptoms. We sometimes refer to this type of allergy as Atopic Dermatitis.
Food-related pet allergies – Some pets are allergic to ingredients in pet food. Most of the allergens are protein-related, however, your pet can develop sensitivity to any of the ingredients in his or her food. Pets with food allergies typically experience itchiness all year long, and some may also show gastrointestinal signs, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Continue…
A lot of things in life aren’t simple – long commutes, finding a bathing suit that actually fits, dealing with coworkers who like to eat tuna fish at their desks. However, while life can be full of challenges, protecting your pet from parasites doesn’t have to be one of them.
Parasite prevention, however, is a year-round matter. No longer is this an issue that’s restricted to summer months; unfortunately, these pests hang around 365 days a year. Let’s take a look at why these foes are so formidable and some easy ways to keep them at bay.
What’s All the Fuss About Fleas?
Fleas may seem like an annoyance at worst, especially if you’ve experienced a flea infestation at home. However, fleas can cause far worse problems for pets (and people) because they carry several diseases, such as cat scratch disease, tapeworms, typhus, and plague. Continue…
Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a condition that causes the muscular wall of a cat’s heart to thicken and become stiff. This reduces the heart’s efficiency and sometimes creates symptoms in other parts of the body.While some specific breeds of cats (Maine Coon, Ragdoll, British Shorthair, Sphynx, Chartreux and Persian cats) can have higher incidence of the disease, HCM is diagnosed most commonly by veterinarians in mixed
breed cats. Continue…
Foxtails… The name conjures up images of soft, fluffy plants that seem pretty harmless, right? Actually, wrong! Foxtails, rye grass, gamma grass, cheatgrass and other common members of this plant family are well known for the injuries they can inflict on pets. So, what are these formidable foes and why should your pet avoid them in the great outdoors?
Redwood Veterinary Hospital is here to help!
What are Foxtails?
Foxtails are a grass-like plant (considered a weed by many) in the genus Hordeum. As its name implies, foxtails have a fuzzy end that resembles a fox tail. This genus also includes other spikelets, like cheatgrass, barley, millet, and rye. These grasses contain a tiny barb or awn that allows them to attach to anything going by, including your pet. This mechanism also contains an enzyme that helps the awn propagate by burrowing into its host. Continue…
It’s a common scenario among pet owners: it’s almost bedtime, and your pet is acting strangely. You know that something doesn’t seem right, but you’re not sure it’s worth a trip to the pet emergency clinic or if it can wait until morning.
Many pet emergencies, such as a broken bone, profuse bleeding, or being hit by a car, are obvious. However, pets are hardwired to hide signs of pain or illness, so many emergency scenarios aren’t as clear cut. Knowing how to recognize the signs of a medical emergency saves precious time and makes all the difference for your pet.
Have you ever wondered why we recommend pet wellness visits, even when your pet is in good health? Aside from getting the chance to see your pet’s sweet face and catch up with you, the pet wellness exam serves a larger purpose. Our goal is to not only assess your pet’s current health status, but also keep an eye toward their future by establishing good health habits and catching problems early.
At Redwood Veterinary Hospital, we believe strongly in the power of preventive medicine to provide our pets with the happiest, healthiest, and longest lives possible, and at the cornerstone lies the pet wellness exam.