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Health Watch: Tips to tackling seasonal pet allergies

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Fall is here, meaning it is time to start stocking up on as much allergy medication as possible, and though this may sound out of the norm, some people might also want to pick some for their pets.

Dogs and cats, just like their owners, also become victims of seasonal allergies.

However, unlike some of us who get stuffy noses followed by the constant sneezing, animals have completely different reactions.

“The main symptom is their skin itches, and often they get so bad that they wake their owners up scratching and chewing. And to get some relief, that is when the veterinarian acts as a consultant," said Dr. Michael Connolly, owner of Connolly Animal Clinic in Nacogdoches. 

Gnawing and chewing of the paws are also some symptoms, as well as problems with breathing and watery eyes.

Dr. Connolly also gave detail of allergies symptoms in felines.

“Cat symptoms are different, the primary complaint is scratching but the places they scratch and itch at are around the neck. You will see them get scabs around their neck and on the top and the side of the head. And sometimes they will scratch so severely that they will break open the skin and it can be dramatic," said Dr. Connolly. 

With symptoms being different than dogs, treating cats with allergies is also different.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for allergies in either dogs or cats. But there is a way to help minimize your pets’ allergies from acting up: decreasing exposure to allergen and using medicated shampoos or conditioners to moisturize the skin to relief some of the itchy skin.

If you notice symptoms like this on your dog or cat make sure to bring them inside. If symptoms worsen, make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.

KTRE Fall intern Gracy Kheshtinejad reported on this story and Iris Rios contributed.

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