Dogs and cats
Find information, books and videos about dog training, cat breeding and general care of your cat or dog

Home

 

Books

 

Videos

 

Articles

 

Suppliers

 

Links

Allergies in Cats and Dogs
by Kiya Sama

Due to walking on all fours, pets are closer to the ground than humans. They sniff more than humans. Dust and pollen can stick to their coats more easily than to the slick skin of humans. Consequently, pets tend to suffer from allergies from dust, mites, spores, pollen and molds. The symptom can be sneezing, but the most common and severe reaction is skin irritation. The difference between human allergies and pet allergies? Humans outgrow them, pets just get worse.

 

Look for these signs:

Pawlicking
Chest, abdomen, and armpit scratching
Rubbing face and ears
Runny eyes
Sneezing, coughing, wheezing (mostly in cats).

Before going to the veterinarian, consider the answers to questions he or she is likely to ask: What are the skin problems like? What food does the pet eat? What medicine allergies does it have? Is the problem seasonal? Does it lick the tops of its paws? Does the pet lick the bottoms of its paws or itch all over?

The most dangerous allergic reaction is anaphylactic - to penicillin, incompatible blood transfusions, or insect bites. Anaphylactic reactions can kill by causing cardiovascular breakdown, respiratory failure, and shock. Make sure your vet knows about any reactions to drugs or blood transfusions.

Dogs and cats, like humans, get hives from food or medication. With hives, the tissues around the head swell and other body parts may show round, red places. Signs: the pet itches and rubs its head on the ground to scratch. Give the pet a bath in mild soap and take it to the vet for treatment.

One of the most common allergic reactions is flea allergy dermatitis, which in a sensitive animal can be caused by only one or two fleabites. The most sensitive parts of the body are the base of the tail, the hindquarters, and the lower abdomen. An animal who is severely affected may lose a good deal of hair and be covered with sores. Solutions are control of fleas and allergic treatment. Animals, as well as humans, can suffer from other insect bites. Treat with cold packs and antihistamines. See your veterinarian.

Food allergies can bring about itching, vomiting, diarrhea, and gas. Cats can develop asthma (another allergic reaction) with coughing, wheezing and sneezing. Solutions: feeding of hypoallergenic foods, bronchodilators and corticosteroids.

Contact allergy, most commonly caused by flea collars, makes the skin red and causes sores, infection, hair loss. Take off the causative agent. Bathe your pet with mild soap. Feline acne (pimples under the cat's chin) is contact allergy caused by plastic food and water bowls. Water and feed pets from glass or stainless steel dishes.

Though animals can be desensitized, the treatment is expensive, time-consuming, and often disappointing. The most common treatments are antihistamines, cortisone, and anti-inflammatory drugs. The substance that causes the allergy should be eliminated.

This article has been submitted in affiliation with http://www.PetLovers.Com/ which is a site for Pets
 

dog training book

Find books about dogs and cats

Dog Breeding: The Theory and Practice by Frank Jackson
"excellent, well written book that gives a full and comprehensive guide to all aspects of dog breeding .."

RSPCA Complete Dog Training Manual by Bruce Fogle
"covers all aspects of dog training - from house-training a puppy through to introducing your dog to advanced training routines.."

How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days by Shirley Kalstone
"If you follow the methods presented here you will succeed with any dog, no matter how old.."

The Complete Book of Cat Breeding by Dan Rice
"Covers all aspects of cat breeding for both novice and experienced breeders.."

Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet by Kymythy Schulze
"My dog is thriving on this plan, my pet food bills are amazingly low and it's so much more convenient than opening cans.."

Why Does My Cat...? by Sarah Heath
"An absolute must for all cat owners.."

Dog Training for Dummies by Jack Volhard, Wendy Volhard
"Dog Training For Dummies walks readers through all types of training
for their dogs .."

Dog Training Handbook by Stella Smyth, Sally Bergh-Roose
This dog training book provides a 10 week training course to train your dog

Training the German Shepherd Dog John Cree
"an excellent guide to training all kind of dogs not just the German Shepherd.."

The Perfect Kitten by Peter Neville, Kate Bessant
How to Raise a Problem-Free Cat

Dog Training, A Lifelong Guide by Arden Moore
Top trainers share their secrets

The RSPCA Complete Cat Care Manual by Andrew Edney
"covers all the main areas including choosing a cat, raising kittens, grooming, health, feeding and diagnosing illness and injuries.."

 

Make money from your hobby
“Using your present hobby or favorite pastime as your business base has many benefits. Why? Because any business you decide to become involved in should be doing something you LOVE something you believe in, something that you would work at NO MATTER what income it would generate...” read more

More articles about dogs and cats

What is a responsible breeder?

Pregnancy, birthing and newborn puppy care

What is a pedigree?

First time breeder

How often should a cat be bred?

Websites related to dogs and cats

www.dogtraining-online.co.uk
The ultimate site for all canine topics. Training, canine shopping, email groups, competitions, problem page, online training course for pet dogs.

www.petwebsite.com
Find information on dogs and cats including caring for dogs and cats, breeding dogs and cats, putting them on show and more.
 

Pet supplies

www.pet-supermarket.co.uk
UK's largest online pet supplies shop, guaranteed lowest prices, next day delivery order online or call. Get answers and expert advice for the care of your pets.

www.pets2home.co.uk
Online pet store supplier for discount pet supplies in the UK who supply a wide range of discounted pet products, including items for dogs, cats, fish and hamsters

World of Hobbies - the quick reference site for hobby books, dvd videos and hobby related information
Find dog training books, videos and information on training dogs, dog breeding and cat breeding

Google
 
 

Are you a hobbyist?
Hobby tools, equipment and materials suppliers directory

Hobby listings