Pets Have Allergies Too!
As anyone with allergies can tell you, living in Florida during the spring and summer time can be a bit uncomfortable.
But humans aren't the only ones with allergic reactions to pollens, grasses, and weeds.
Pets, especially cats and dogs, can also have allergies.
In fact, veterinarian Dr. Stephen Shores says he treats several animals each day for allergic dermatitis.
Some cases are milder than others, with the more severe even being treated with injections and baths.
"If it's a mild case, then generally, just like humans with hay fever, you can take a pill. I have had some clients, particularly clients with chronic skin diseases that have gone to the Dermatology Department at the University of Florida that have spent literally thousands of dollars bringing allergic dermatitis under control," said Dr. Shores.
Vets say if you cannot afford the more expensive treatments, alternative methods like bathing your pet in oatmeal shampoo can also be done, and they say as soon as you see a rash or your pet starts itching, take them to your veterinarian.
By David Hamilton/WCJB TV 20 News
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