Kalstone, Shirlee. Allergic to Pets?: The Breakthrough Guide to Living with Animals You Love. Random House Publishing, January 2006.
Lest you think it strange for someone to knowingly choose a career that dooms her to physical discomfort, let me assure you it’s more common than you might think. A surprising number of veterinarians suffer from . Indeed, the incidence of pet allergies among veterinarians I know seems to mirror the reported one-in-10 figure we see in the wider human population.
Caution: The symptoms of allergies can be confused with other disorders, or occur concurrently with them. Therefore, do not attempt to diagnose your dog without veterinary professional assistance. Be prepared for your pet to receive a full diagnostic evaluation to rule out other causes of itching and skin problems. If an allergy is diagnosed, your whole family must follow your veterinarian's advice very closely in order to successfully relieve your pet's discomfort.
Asthma Symptoms of Pet Allergies
It’s important to see an allergist in order to confirm a pet allergy.
It's also the perfect season to turn the tables and look at allergies from our pets' point of view. So for Weird Animal Question of the Week, we're responding to National Geographic's own Emily Tye, who asks: "Can be allergic to , or vice versa?"It's always important to observe how long symptoms occur in your pet—for instance, year-round symptoms may indicate a food allergy or reaction to something else in their environment that's not seasonal. is made up of tiny cells shed from hair, fur, or feathers—and though you mostly hear it in relation to pets, humans produce it, too. Other common pet allergies include flea saliva and certain foods.That means your vet can treat the pet's allergy, either with allergy shots or oral drops that contain small amounts of the problem allergens. This retrains your pet's system to ignore the allergen.Those are the usual suspects, but as with us, Farnsworth says, pets can be allergic to anything, and it can be difficult to figure out the culprit with general testing.Pet allergies are usually triggered by animal hair and dander, the dead skin cells that pets shed regularly. Cats, dogs, ferrets, hamsters, birds and other warm, fuzzy creatures have dander. Anything with dander can potentially cause unpleasant physical reactions in people who are predispositioned to allergies.