10 simple ways to help keep your pet allergy free

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<ol><li> 1. Allergy Keep Your Pet Allergy FreeSimple Ways To Help10 Mohd.Saeed , D.V.M Sharjah Municipality - Veterinary Services Section </li><li> 2. 1- Maintain a monthly flea control program, because prevention is the key for allergies caused by fleas. Consult your veterinarian for the best flea control products for your pet. </li><li> 3. 2- Once a week, thoroughly clean your pets bedding and cage and vacuum your rugs, upholstery and any other materialsthat gather dust (discard any vacuum cleaner bags ). </li><li> 4. 3- Bathe, rinse or mist your pet frequently with an aloe vera-based shampoo, water or spray (HEALx Rain or Soother Spray) to relieve itching and remove environmental contact allergens, such as pollen, dust and dander from your animals skin. Discuss with your veterinarian which shampoosare best, as some shampoos and sprays contain alcohol and other chemicals that may dry your pets skin or cause other problems. </li><li> 5. 4- Wipe pets feet with a damp cloth to remove environmental antigens when they come in from outdoors and use a HEPA air filter indoors . </li><li> 6. 5- Read food labels What is in your pets food is very important to its well being. Pets may be allergic to many ingredients, and it may be helpful to limit some of these. The most common ingredients that are considered allergens to pets are beef, dairy products, chicken, lamb, fish, chicken eggs, corn, wheat, yeast and soy. A list of web sites that compare pet foods and their ingredients is provided below. </li><li> 7. 6- Do not feed pet food with artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. When possible use a certified organic diet and certified organic fruits and vegetables. </li><li> 8. 7- Do not feed your pet human food. No raw foods (uncooked meat, edible bones and organs) should be fed to dogs and cats. </li><li> 9. 8- Change your pets diet occasionallyor provide it with some variety of foods so it is getting a naturalrotation. Food allergies are more common if the pet is fed the same food at all times. Consult with your veterinarian on a rotation program and make sure any change is gradual to avoid diarrhea. </li><li> 10. 9- Use a fatty acid dietary supplement, such as HEALx Omega-3 Booster, which has a high antioxidantcontent to support your pets immune system. Booster provides your pet with a nonsynthetic,whole food source of a precursor to vitamin A (both alpha-and beta-carotene) and vitamin E (6 of the 7 different forms), which will improve your pets coat/plumage and skin quality. Booster has also been shown to increase the effectiveness of antihistaminesfor allergy patients. Omega-3 fatty acids work in the skin to help reduce the amount and effects of histamine and other chemicals that are released in response to allergies". </li><li> 11. 10- See your veterinarian to treat any secondary skin infections; yeast and bacterial dermatitisare very common secondary reactions with allergies. Consult with your veterinarianabout tests for inhalantand contact allergies. If you suspect that your pet has a food allergy, it may be necessary to feed it a prescription/ eliminationdiet to determine which ingredient is the allergen; this may take several weeks or months. Consult with your veterinarianfor this protocol. </li><li> 12. What are allergies? An allergy is a hypersensitivityreaction to the exposure of something that is usually harmless (allergen). </li><li> 13. How do allergens affect your pet? When allergensare inhaled,ingested or contact your pets skin, they cause the animalsimmune system to produce immunoglobulins(IgE), and release irritating chemicals, such as histamine. </li><li> 14. Is there a cure for allergies? A cure for allergies is rarely accomplished. Allergic reactions can only be controlled with preventionand/or treatment. </li><li> 15. What kind of allergies do pets have? There are 4 types of allergies (in order of frequency): 1) insect bite allergies - usuallyfleas; 2) inhalantallergies (atopy) - for example, allergies to dust mites, grass, mold and pollen);3) food allergies; and 4) contact allergies. Therefore, in order to determine your pets allergies it is recommended that you start with the most common allergies. </li><li> 16. What are the symptoms of allergies? Chewing on feet Perianal itching Rubbing the face on carpet/rugs Scratching the body Recurrent ear infections Hair loss Mutilatedskin Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin Itchy, runny eyes Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy) Sneezing Vomiting Diarrhea Snoring caused by an inflamedthroat Swollen paws Constant licking </li><li> 17. What Substances Can Pets Be Allergic To? Tree, grass and weed pollens Mold spores Dust and house dust mites Dander (cat, dog, bird and even human) Feathers Cigarette smoke Food ingredients Prescription drugs Fleas and flea-control products Perfumes Cleaning products Fabrics Insecticidal shampoo Rubber and plastic materials </li><li> 18. Dr.Mohd Saeed , DVM Sharjah Municipality - Veterinary Services Section </li></ol>