(SNN) - Seasonal allergies can certainly make people feel miserable this time of year, but did you know your pet could also be suffering from allergies?
When Sandy Laurel became a doggie mom to now 11-year-old maltese Buster, she thought pet ownership would be pretty simple. (Photo Courtesy: NBC)
When Sandy Laurel became a doggie mom to now 11-year-old maltese Buster, she thought pet ownership would be pretty simple.
"We just thought you have a dog, you play with him and you feed him, you keep up with their annual check-ups and they're fine. Buster turned out to be an exception," Sandy said.
It was a few years ago when Buster started scratching himself to the point he would get skin infections.
"It started with all of this scratching, itching and then he would get like little sore spots and it was just, it was more seasonal. But it just continued. As he got older, the allergies got worse," Sandy said.
Laurel brought Buster in to see Dr. Jae Chang. He says he treats lots of cats and dogs with seasonal allergies.
"There could be a whole slew of things. There could be different types of grasses, different types tree pollen, even dust mites," Chang said.
Chang says the signs your pet has seasonal allergies are through skin conditions, skin infections and recurring ear infections.
Allergy testing through bloodwork is the only way to know what's causing the problems.
"So once you find out what your dog or cat is allergic to, they'll actually compound those things in a form of oral solutions where your body kind of gradually acclimates to those allergens," Chang said.
That's helped with Buster, whose allergen report came back with some unavoidable triggers.
"He's allergic to common things, fleas, grass, trees, certain pollen. It was just stuff that couldn't be avoided for the areas, so we did what we could as far as allergy drops," Sandy said.