This is my mom. I love to sit on her lap (even though she's says I'm too big.) Lately she's been sneezing a lot. She has allergies to different pollens. Did you know pet's can have pollen allergies too? They are a little different though.
Both pets and people have cells called mast cells. These cells release histamine which can be good; but it can be bad when it is release too quickly or there is too much of it. This is what makes having allergies so miserable!! Mast cells are present throughout our bodies but the big difference between people and pets is that in people, the vast majority are around their eyes, throat and nose. This is why Mommy is sneezing so much! In pets a lot of mast cells are around our feet, across the rump and under our legs. Allergies for us typically mean biting, scratching, and chewing on our rumps or feet. There are medicines to help us, just like there are medicines for my Mommy. It's best to get a prescription because some of the over the counter medicines work by making us sleepy, not less itchy.
As pets we have another potential allergy when it comes to spring: fleas! Those pesky things bite! The bites itch but if you have a flea allergy the rest of your body can itch because of a reaction to the flea saliva. Sounds unpleasant huh!? The very best thing to do is keep flea medication on at all times. Unfortunately just a single bite can cause an allergic reaction. Sometime it feels SO good to scratch that we can actually make bald spots and sores that can get infected. It's a good idea to see your vet if you start to feel itchy so they can help you before you make sores.
I hope this Spring you don't itch and can use all that energy to dig in the pretty flowers instead!
Love and licks,
I'm Kona, a 2 year old Rottweiler. I love to run, play and give kisses....alot of licks means alot of kisses! Mom has worked at Stone House for almost 12 years and was just waiting for the perfect dog and I'M IT!! I also have a cat brother and 3 people siblings. I love them all (but the cat won't believe me!)