allergies

Bailey

Filed Under: Dogs, Practice Stories

Bailey, a three year-old Shih tzu, was ordinarily a bundle of energy. This day, however, he was far from acting himself. We could only get a half-hearted wagging of the tail from him, and that took some coxing. We could tell simply from the expression on his face that he was not feeling at all well.

Dealing With Your Dog's Allergies

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Canine atopy is essentially another name for canine allergies. Most dogs with atopic dermatitis are triggered by environmental allergens, although some allergic reactions can be attributed to food allergies. The allergens causing your dog’s problems, as well as his reactions, are usually quite diverse.

Living with Cat Allergies

Filed Under: Cats, General Care

Don't let your cat allergies get the best of you! There are several ways to lessen the effect of cat dander in your home.

Inside the home:

- If you're only considering taking a cat home, shorthaired cats generally have less dander to reckon with.
- Curtains, drapes and full carpeting hold dander in. Consider trading these for blinds and hardwood floors with rugs.
- Invest in a vacuum with a good filter, and vacuum all soft surfaces regularly.
- An air purification system definitely makes a difference.

What is feline asthma and how can it be treated?

Filed Under: Cats, Diseases

Feline asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects one percent of all adult cats. It is characterized by recurrent and sudden attacks of dyspnea (difficult breathing), and is caused by a spasmodic contraction of the bronchi.

Symptoms you may notice include wheezing, labored breathing, coughing, and frantic attempts to obtain air. Cat coughing sounds more like a hairball being passed than a human cough. The disease can be caused by allergies, smoke, inhalation of small particles, or bacterial infections. Feline asthma is also a common side affect of heartworms.

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