6 Things in Your House That Could Be Triggering Your Pet’s Allergies

Did you know that your pet could be allergic to everything from their own beds to your other pets? Unfortunately, figuring out what could be causing allergies in your dog or cat can be a lengthy process—and a particularly hard one when dealing with household allergens.

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Can Dogs Have Asthma?

By: Dr. Sarah Wooten | Article Featured on PetMD

Can dogs have asthma? While asthma is much less common in dogs than in cats, dogs can suffer from asthma in much the same ways humans do.

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Why are my dog's eyelids and muzzle swollen. What happened?

By Dr. Jenna Ashton DVM, MS, DACVIM | Article Featured on VetStreet.com

Swelling of the eyelids and face, hives and facial itching (or pawing at the face) are common signs of an allergic reaction. Essentially, this occurs when the dog’s immune system generates an exaggerated response to a foreign substance. While dogs can have allergic reactions to a multitude of things, including medications, pollen, dust and food, abrupt facial swelling after being outdoors is commonly caused by a bee sting or insect bite.

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By Paula Fitzsimmons | Article Featured on PetMD

If you’re living with a sneezing, itchy dog, her bed may be to blame. Dog beds, especially if not regularly washed and replaced, can be a major source of dust mites, which can trigger your dog’s allergy symptoms.

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If your dog is unlucky enough to be stung by a bee or bitten by a mosquito, of course you’ll want to ease their itching and prevent your dog from having an allergic reaction. Since Benadryl is a go-to over-the-counter medicine for people, is it safe to give a dog Benadryl? The answer is yes, but you should first consult with your vet on the proper dog Benadryl dosage, and then you’ll need to make sure that there are no other active ingredients besides diphenhydramine. Do not give Benadryl to dogs with glaucoma, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. Benadryl can help dogs having allergic reactions to insect bites or stings and can help some dogs with motion sickness. Giving a dog Benadryl can also help with environmental allergies, but if your dog has allergies, talk to your veterinarian about prescription pet allergy medication that might help.

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Laurelwood Animal Hospital, located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: info[email protected]

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From the Boston Herald on January 20, 2017

Q My 3-year-old female Weimaraner got into a large quantity of grapes at the house this morning. After some quick research, I reached for some hydrogen peroxide and gave her a few teaspoons. Within a few minutes, she vomited up three large piles of the barely chewed grapes. I took her into my vet’s office, and they ran some tests and gave her some fluids and medication. She seems well now. What could have happened to my dog if she had eaten these grapes and I was not around?

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Article by Jessica Remitz | Featured on PetMD

Hives (Urticaria) and a swollen face (Angioedema) are commonly the result of an allergic reaction in dogs. Similar to humans, when a dog is exposed to one a particular allergen, the immune system reacts—or in most cases, overreacts—and causes a hypersensitive state. Hives in dogs are usually not life threatening, but it is important to seek veterinarian care as soon as possible to treat the condition. Read more