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    Three Most Common Cat & Dog Allergies

    It’s easy to view cats and dogs as completely different creatures whose only similarities are limited to four legs and a tail; but did you know they experience very similar allergies? In fact, the three most common allergies that plague our cats are the exact same as the three that plague  dogs.

    Fleas
    Fleas can affect any animal with fur, and contrary to popular belief, it’s not the flea that causes discomfort in cats and dogs, it’s their saliva. The technical term for this allergy is Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD). For dogs and cats with this allergy, a single bite from a solitary flea can cause your four legged friend discomfort for up to two weeks!

    Being proactive is the best approach when managing FAD. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, see your pet’s veterinarian.

    Food
    Dog and cat allergies that involve food are by far the most common, but are also the hardest to identify. At­home identification is extremely difficult due to the plethora and wide range of ingredients in your pet’s food. In fact, identifying a food allergy is often a multi­month process facilitated by your pet’s veterinarian. If you believe your pet has an allergy related to their food, browse the ingredient list for these common food allergens:

    • Chicken
    • Beef

    • Corn

    • Wheat
    • Soy
    • Eggs
    • Milk

    Look for foods that are free of corn, wheat and soy, such as 4health, which is also available in grain-free formulas, and is available at Tractor Supply.

    If you believe food is the culprit behind your cat or dog’s allergies, monitor your pet closely in the hours following their daily meals. If you notice the above symptoms increasing directly after a meal, it’s likely their food. If you are certain your dog or cat has a food allergy, make an appointment with your vet ASAP.

    Environmental Allergies
    It should come as no surprise that our pets can be allergic to the same environmental causes that we are. Keep in mind that your dog or cat’s allergies can come from either inside your home or the backyard. The most common outdoor irritants in dogs and cats are ragweed, grasses and pollen, while the most common indoor allergens are mold and dust mites. Sound familiar? Probably because these are some of the most common human allergens as well. Overall, identifying outdoor allergies in dogs and cats is easier because they will only appear seasonally.

    If you notice your cat or dog struggling with environmental allergies, the best way to accurately identify the source is through contacting your vet. Their office will be able to conduct a variety of tests, which can help narrow down both indoor and outdoor causes of allergies.

    Whether your dog or cat is struggling with allergies resulting from fleas, food or the environment, identification and treatment should always be done with the help of a veterinarian. While there’s a lot you can do to help your pet on your own, placing them into the capable hands of your vet will help your pets find relief sooner.

    Look for foods that are free of corn, wheat and soy, such as 4health, which is also available in grain-free formulas, and is available at Tractor Supply.

    If you believe food is the culprit behind your cat or dog’s allergies, monitor your pet closely in the hours following their daily meals. If you notice the above symptoms increasing directly after a meal, it’s likely their food. If you are certain your dog or cat has a food allergy, make an appointment with your vet ASAP.