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Does Your Pet Have Seasonal Allergies?

sneezeSeasonal allergies are allergies that come and go, generally with changing seasons and blooming plants. If your pet gets itchy skin or has runny, mucous-filled eyes and sneezes during spring, summer, or fall, they’re probably reacting to seasonal allergens. In our state, seasonal pet allergies in New Mexico are very commonplace.

Pets with seasonal allergies to ragweed, grasses, pollens, molds, and various blooming trees and flowers often develop sensitivity to other allergens inhaled through the nose and mouth. Animals can develop sinusitis and bronchitis just as people do.

There are several signs that your pet may have seasonal allergies. Though respiratory symptoms aren’t common in pets with allergies, they do occur. A running nose, watery eyes, coughing, and sneezing are typical allergic symptoms both dogs and cats. These symptoms should not be confused with ordinary coughing or sneezing, as animals frequently cough or sneeze for no allergic reason.

Seasonal allergies can also develop into year round issues, including allergic dermatitis. In dogs and cats, allergic reactions generally take the form of allergic dermatitis, which simply means skin irritation or inflammation. If your pet has allergies, they will begin scratching their skin excessively and may begin to bite or chew at certain areas of their body. You may notice patches of irritated skin and, in advanced cases, places where fur has been worn away. Other signs of allergic dermatitis include areas of hair loss, open sores, scabbing, and hot spots in dogs.

A hot spot is inflamed, infected skin that occurs when your dog’s natural bacteria overwhelms an area of their skin. The skin will be very red, often with bleeding and hair loss. Hot spots do not generally happen in cats. Another sign to watch for if you suspect your pet has allergies is generalized redness. Allergic pets often have irritated mucous membranes and bare skin – puffy red eyes, red gum tissue, reddened or sensitive paws, and even irritation around the anus and tail.

Does your pet have any of these symptoms? Check your local New Mexico allergy index or contact the helpful Vetco veterinarian in your area by calling (505) 865-0662 today.

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One of the best times of the year to frolic and play can be filled with dangers too. Keep your dog cool: Dehydration is a danger for anyone when the thermometer starts going up. Make sure your pet always has fresh clean water available wherever they go. Give them cool treats like popsicles or bits […]

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4th of July Pet Fun and Safety

The 4th of July is right around the corner. As you plan for you long weekend, BBQ and fireworks, make sure to plan for your pet too. Here are tips to keep your pets safe on the holiday weekend. Keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations. I know that it is fun […]

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West Nile in Los Lunas!

There has been a reported case of West Nile virus in a 12 year old girl in Valencia county. This is right in our back yard. Make sure you keep yourself and you pets protected. Can dogs get West Nile virus? Yes they can. West Nile is primarily transmitted by mosquito, there are cases where […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Leave Your Dog in the Car

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Every year thousands of pets die of heatstroke and suffocation from being left in a car. Even a quick trip inside can leave your pet at risk. In only minutes a car can reach up to 160 degree’s on the inside, even with the windows cracked. Each year, thousands of beloved companions succumb to heatstroke […]

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Puppies! 5 Basic Things Your Puppy Needs

There are few things that warm the heart faster than a puppy. They’re soft, fluffy, and so adorable that it hurts sometimes. Even the most stoic among us has a hard time hiding that soft spot for a snuggly puppy. If you’re thinking of bringing a new puppy home, then be prepared. Most people don’t […]

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Vetco is Hiring!

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Vetco is hiring a Veterinary Assistant for our Albuquerque Clinic. We need someone who is responsible, reliable, loves animals and is bilingual (Spanish/English). You must be bilingual in Spanish and English to qualify for the job. You do not need to have prior experience or be certified in anything. Your responsibilities include: Answering Phones Making […]

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