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Allergies

Steve Coppell - Monday, October 07, 2013




Because it's spring let's talk about allergies

Allergies occur when a persons immune symptom reacts to substances that are normally harmless.


 

Symptoms

Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, sore, red or itchy eyes, itchy skin to name a few.


Allergic reactions to pet hair

People often associate an allergic reaction to pets and more especially to pet hair, when in fact this unpleasant reaction is usually caused by pet dander, which is flakes of dry dead skin released with the hair.

Low allergenic dog breeds 

People who suffer from allergies can still have dogs for pets. There are a number of breeds that are naturally low allergenic. These include Shih tzu, Bichon frise, Schnauzer, poodle to name a few.


Dogs that suffer with allergies

Dogs can suffer with allergies too. They can react to plants and weeds that grow in their yard, foods they shouldn't eat, or flea bites.

Allergic reactions often show up as red raw itchy skin. Left untreated this condition can lead to on going skin conditions that may include bare skin, sores and infection. A quick trip to the vet is often required. 

Dust mite

This is what a dust mite looks like up close. Dust mites and pet dander are the leading cause of allergenic reactions in pet owners.