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Dealing With Shih Tzu Allergies

The Shitzu suffer from allergies further so than any other breed of dogs. There are many different reasons these allergies happen. Although your Shitzu’s allergies can be the result of a mixture of causes, do not fail to notice the role that her food may play. Do not allow your dog to suffer for any length of time before you realize what is behind her allergies.

Below are some symptoms to look for

Allergies may be a problem if your Shitzu itches more than customary, sneezes all the time, or displays runny eyes and nose. Vomiting, loss of appetite, breathing problems, and coughing are also signs that indicate allergy problems. Do not turn your back on these symptoms, thus, your dog may suffer. If the symptoms persist for more than a couple of days, then I suggest taking her to the vet.

What could possibly be causing my Shitzu’s allergies?

Pollen is one of the foremost causes of allergies in Shitzus. If your Shitzu experiences symptoms associated with allergies during the spring or the summer, then pollen is the problem, as that’s when pollen concentration is the highest. Once you know that your dog is allergic to pollen, you must wash her bed on a regular basis, clean her eyes, and use air filters all-around your home. If your dog continues to suffer from the symptoms, then take her to the vet to get antihistamines, then again, if they do not work then the vet may propose steroids. Because steroids can have really bad side effects I suggest you use your greatest judgement.

Allergies can furthermore be caused by house dust. Try to maintain your Shitzu’s bed out of rooms that has rugs and drapes in them, since as we all know drapes and rugs are well-known to be dust collectors. Doing this for your dog will make a big distinction.

In addition, let us not forget about fleas. All dogs at one moment in their life will obtain fleas or ticks. For that reason, check your Shitzu regularly for fleas and ticks. Not only are fleas a troublesome pest, they can also instigate some truly bad health problems. Ask your vet for information on the most significant way to take care of an infestation. He or she will inform you on the best treatments available.

Cures for Mold Allergies

Molds are small fungi that release microscopic spores into the air, which you then inhale into your lungs when you breathe. In some people, the body’s immune system overreacts when it comes into contact with mold, producing an allergic reaction. Signs of a mold allergy include sneezing, watery, itchy eyes and coughing. The most effective cure for mold allergies is to reduce exposure to the allergen. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can also provide relief from mold allergies.

Limiting Exposure

Limiting your exposure to molds is the best way to prevent allergy symptoms from occurring. In theory, completely eliminating your exposure to molds would stop all symptoms of mold allergies, but in practice this is nearly impossible to achieve. Instead, focus on removing mold from your home and addressing possible mold contamination in your workplace. Air conditioners and HEPA air filters, for example, can reduce the amount of mold spores present in the air.

Mold Removal

Check your home for signs of mold, then take steps to remove it. Mold and mildew are often present in damp areas, such as basements and bathrooms, and may also be found near pipes, upholstery and in refrigerators and garbage cans. A cleaning solution of bleach and water, or straight vinegar, can be applied to the mold to remove it. Be careful to keep all areas of your home dry to avoid a recurrence of mold.

Medications

There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications that can reduce your mold allergy symptoms. Antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays, for example, can be very effective at treating mold allergies over the short term. However, some medications used to treat mold allergies may have side effects such as sleepiness, dry mouth, constipation, nervousness and irritability. Talk to a doctor about the best medication for your mold allergies.

Allergy Shots

Allergy shots (also called immunotherapy) can be an effective treatment for people whose mold allergy symptoms are severe and do not respond to other treatments. If you opt for allergy shots, your doctor will inject a small amount of allergen into your skin. These shots are continued over several weeks or months until your body builds up a tolerance to the allergen. Immunotherapy is very effective at reducing or eliminating allergy symptoms in most people.

Alternative Treatments

There are a range of alternative treatments available for mold allergies, though doctors disagree about their effectiveness and safety. Techniques such as yoga and acupuncture may improve your body’s immune response to mold allergens. Certain supplements may also claim to reduce mold allergy symptoms. While some supplements may have health benefits, they can also interact with medications you are already taking, or could even cause an allergic reaction themselves. Always talk to your health care provider about all the treatments you are pursuing.

Cross Reactivity and Food Allergies

Dealing with food allergies can be a bit complicated. You have to deal with ingredient checking, special recipes, and other strategies to avoid a reaction. Cross-reactivity is something that makes this more complicated, but if you learn and understand it, you can also learn to avoid the complications.

In addition, food allergies can make seasonal allergies worse. Some people with food allergies may experience oral allergy syndrome (OAS). The signs are itchiness, tingling and/or swelling of the lip, mouth and throat when eating certain foods. The body and the immune system see these food proteins as the same as their cross reactive cousins — tree, grass and weed pollens.

Dealing With Food Allergies

Dealing with food allergies can be a bit complicated. You have to deal with ingredient checking, special recipes, and other strategies to avoid a reaction.

Cross-reactivity is something that makes this more complicated, but if you learn and understand it, you can also learn to avoid the complications.

While they both involve an immune response, we normally think of food allergies a little differently than everyday allergies associated with things like pollen, dust, and animals. However, these two things can actually be closely related.

An allergic reaction is when your body treats a safe foreign substance as if it were dangerous. With a majority of substances, the result is simply a runny nose, itchy eyes or headache.

Food allergies are when your body has an immune response to something you’ve eaten, which is almost always a protein. While these allergies can be mild and annoying, they can also be severe and life-threatening.

Cross Reactive Allergens

Here are just a few of the most common cross-reactive allergens and what foods to avoid or take precautions with–

Birch. This is one of the more dangerous cross-reactive allergies because it is triggered by so many different foods, including: almonds, hazelnuts, potatoes, carrots, celery, and various fruits like apricots, cherries, kiwis, nectarines, peaches, pears, and plums.

Ragweed. This is a fairly common allergy and is associated with reactions to bananas and many melons.

Mugwort. People with this allergy should be wary of chestnuts avocados, veggies like celery or carrots, and fruit like bananas and kiwis.

Grass. Reaction to tomatoes is associated with people who are allergic to various different kinds of grass.

Latex. This is an allergy that is becoming more and more common as latex is becoming even more widely used. If you have a latex allergy you may need to avoid many fruits including kiwi, passion fruit, banana, figs, peaches, nectarines, plums, and tomatoes. You may also react to celery, chestnuts, and avocados.

Immune System and Cross Reactivity

A common problem with cross-reactivity is that you may not experience one of the allergies all of the time. You may only have a reaction when you have recently been exposed to the other and your immune system is on high alert.

For instance, you may normally be able to eat bananas, but when you’re having a reaction to ragweed, bananas will trigger a reaction as well. This can make allergies much less predictable and harder to diagnose.

When two things cross-react, it doesn’t always have to be two allergens. Many people can have a reaction when combining something they’re not normally allergic to with exercise.

If you exercise when you haven’t eaten a specific food, you’re fine. When you eat the food and remain inactive, you’re fine. But when you eat a specific food and exercise within a certain time period, you can have a life-threatening reaction.

This can be very dangerous because you may have trouble identifying what exactly is causing your reaction. If you seem to react to a food sometimes, but not others, this may be what’s causing your issues.

If you are having an allergic reaction to food or anything else, your doctor will be able to help you sort through the problem and live a healthy life.

Corn Allergies for Dogs

Food allergies in dogs can cause constant scratching and several trips to the veterinarian. Often, food allergies are initially misdiagnosed as flea or pollen allergies. Corn, an extremely common ingredient in many commercial dog foods, can cause significant allergic reactions. Learn why corn can be such an irritant, and how to respond to your dog’s corn allergy.

Why Corn?

Corn is not a natural food source for dogs. Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of darwin Bell

Corn is one of the most common foods that cause allergies in dogs. Although dogs are omnivorous, corn is not a natural food source for dogs. Unfortunately, corn and corn byproducts are two of the most common ingredients in commercial dog food.

Chemicals and Mold in Corn

Corn is susceptible to mold growth during the harvesting and refining processes. Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Brian Forbes

The corn designated for pet consumption has often been treated heavily with chemicals, both in the field and during processing. In addition to the corn itself, these chemicals can also cause allergic reactions in dogs. Finally, corn is highly susceptible to mold, which can often cause allergic reactions in dogs.

Symptoms of Corn Allergies

The main symptom of a corn allergy is skin irritation. The itchy skin appears primarily on the face, feet, ears, and front legs. Dogs with corn allergies may also develop ear infections, patchy skin, and hot spots. Due to the excessive scratching, dogs may develop skin infections that require treatment with antibiotics.

Treatment for Corn Allergies

Green peas are a good source of carbohydrates for dogs, and rarely cause allergic reactions. Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of liz west

The recommended treatment for a dog with a suspected corn allergy is to conduct a 12-week food trial. Feed your dog a food with a unique protein (avoid chicken, beef, and lamb, since these are so common) and a single carbohydrate. Common varieties for dogs with food allergies include duck and salmon, combined with sweet potatoes or green peas. Check your local pet retail store for allergen formulas.

Medications

While medications will not cure the corn allergy, they can give some relief in the short term. Antihistamines and steroids may reduce the skin irritation and inflammation. Consult with your veterinarian for prescriptions and dosage information for these short-term medications.

Coping with Food Allergies

First of all, let me just be clear, I am not a Doctor and I can not diagnose anyone. This is about my personal experience and I share it hoping it may be of help to anyone else who may struggle with the same…

In the last few years, I have had to make a great many changes to my diet (and lifestyle for that matter).

After getting very ill, where I was flat on my back with aching back, headaches, constant tiredness, and a host of other issues, I was desperate! Because my back hurt the worst,and I thought it was muscle related,I went to my massage therapist desperate to get some relief. I got numerous treatments only to have short term relief. She suggested that I may have allergies and should get tested.

I decided to give it a try. I was tested, and I found out I have allergies to a lot of things- molds, grasses, dust, cats, and a few different trees. My biggest affliction was that I was allergic to five major foods (milk, corn, egg, wheat, and peanut).

Needless to say, I left the doctor’s office feeling very depressed… “What can I eat? Almost everything I eat has milk or eggs in it, but wheat, corn and peanuts too?” My allergist gave me some pamphlets on foods to avoid- five pamphlets in all. I was overwhelmed, but I was to take it one step at a time. Remove one food for two weeks, then another for the next two weeks, and another the next two and so on.Then I was supposed to add a little of the allergens to my diet and see how I felt. Easier said than done, especially if your diet consists of lots of milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice-cream. And I soon found out corn is almost in all foods, sodas, and drinks you can buy. Eggs and wheat…?? what do I eat for breakfast?

I started taking allergen immunotherapy treatments along with avoiding the offending foods. I started feeling some better. But occasionally, I would eat something I was allergic to and would be back at point A, feeling depressed, doubled over with stomach pain,or having those headaches.

I decided to go on a quest to figure out what really causes allergies to form after years of eating those God given normal foods. Here are a few of my findings and how they helped me:

Sometimes food allergies and digestive disorders are caused by a toxic liver. So I took a cleanse. I felt really good for a while, but after it was over and I was back to normal life, the old symptoms set in again. So it was only a temporary help, but it didn’t hurt me to take it.

Next I found out that if your atlas (the first bone in the neck) is out of line,it can cause the main “transmitters” from the brain to the stomach to be “short circuited”. Thus, the stomach does not get the message from the brain to digest certain foods, causing an allergy.(At least that’s my best explanation of it.) In short, I went to an upper cervical health specialist and started taking treatments. This has helped me greatly! I can always tell if I am out of line because I will get a terrible stomach ache or headache over the slightest bit of allergy food I eat. I go get an adjustment and I get immediate relief most times. It isn’t a total cure for my allergies but it has done wonders for me!! I would recommend it to anyone facing allergies. Some people it practically heals their allergies, (especially the respitorial allergies).

For further information on upper cervical care go to www.uppercervicalcare.com

Your body needs certain minerals and vitamins to work properly. Well, I decided, obviously my body is badly lacking in some vitamins and minerals. Yet I had no idea which ones to take or where to start. So through a friend, I got information on where to get a hair tissue analysis taken. A hair tissue analysis is where a nutritionalist takes a hair sample you send to them, gets it analyzed at a lab to see the vitamins and minerals you are lacking. The nutritionalist then studies the lab results and explains to you what each deficiency causes and gives a recomendation on what you need to take and how much.

I had the hair analysis taken and found out that I have a SERIOUS sodium-pottassium, and magnesium deficiency According to the nutritionalist this makes so my body doesn’t create enough enzymes to digest my food properly, thus causing allergies. I have now been taking the supplements for almost three months now and have noticed a significant difference. I am able to eat small amounts of the foods I have allergies to and not get a big allergy attack. My nutritionalist had told me it would probably take three months before I noticed any big difference. Well, it hasn’t taken that long for me to feel better overall, and another perk is my hair is starting to look healthy and shiny. 😉

I recently started taking more enzymes with my meals, and try to drink lots of water.  Enzymes are what my body has a problem producing and well, water helps flush out toxins. I did learn though, that it is best for me to drink as little water as possible DURING meal time so that my stomache acids are stronger for digesting. I try to drink water between mealtimes instead. It makes a difference.

As I already mentioned, I am taking allergen immunotherapy. I have had almost three years of it and my allergist said that hopefully in a few months I can be finished. Would I recommend it? I would to someone that has allergies really badly, and upper cervical care didn’t work for them and they are supplementing with the vitamins and minerals they are deficient in and that didn’t work. If I had to do it over again, I would try those two first then if they didn’t help I would go with the immunotherapy. Plus,they make more sense to me in how they work to actually get to the” root” of the problem.

So you may ask, “Are you healed of your allergies?” No I am not, but I am feeling SIGNIFICANTLY better overall and am able to cope with them a LOT better.

Will I ever be able to eat those offending foods?  I don’t know, but I can tell you this. It isn’t as big a deal anymore if we are at a friend’s house or out to eat, and there is no ‘totally’ allergy free foods for me. I can eat a little bread, and I feel only a little “fuzzy headed” when I eat something with small amounts of corn.I haven’t tried peanuts yet because that is not such a big sacrifice to give up. Milk is really the only allergen that still gives me a reaction over even small amounts, so I am still very careful about it. Overall, I feel well and work on keeping up that good feeling. 🙂 Hopefully someday I will be able to taste ice-cream again.

It makes me happy to have weapons to not only “Cope” with but also fight my allergies- with no side affects. I would much rather get to the core issue and work with the body, than to take those prescription antihistamine (that makes my stomach sore, my throat dry and hurt, and damages my liver.)

Common Plant Allergies

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According to Mary Predny at the Virginia Cooperative Extension, common plant allergens include grasses, weeds and trees. Some plants trigger allergic reactions because their pollen is easily inhaled. Airborne pollen is light enough to stay aloft for several days, traveling hundreds of miles, according to the Allergy Relief Center.

Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac cause allergic reaction through physical contact with their plant sap. Gardening tools, clothing, shoes and pet fur may transfer plant sap, so you can react even if you never touched the plant.

Grasses

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Grasses that cause the most allergies include Bermuda, Orchard, Johnson, Rye, Timothy, Redtop and Kentucky bluegrass, according to Plantcare.com. Rye and Timothy grass allergies are most commonly referred to as hay fever because they typically occur during haying season.

Grass pollinates during the late spring and summer. Cutting the grass before it flowers can cut down on grass allergies. You can also wear a breathing mask when cutting the grass or when the air is dry and windy to help stave off allergy flare ups.

Trees

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Most trees pollinate in early spring, but if the winter is mild, they may begin pollinating in late January in the southern United States, according to the Allergy Relief Center. Cottonwoods, oaks, mulberries, maples and pecans are the trees most likely to cause allergic reaction in the spring. Furs, junipers, cypress and sequoias flower in the fall and early winter, according to Mary Predny. Fresh cut evergreens, Christmas trees and holiday trims may cause issues for holiday shoppers who are sensitive to these trees.

Ragweed

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Ragweeds cause allergies in 75 percent of Americans with pollen sensitivities according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). There are 17 varieties in the U.S. and they pollinate in the summer and early fall. In the southern U.S., ragweed season may begin in September and last until the first hard freeze, which may not happen until late December or early January.

One ragweed plant can produce up to one billion grains of pollen. The pollen counts are typically highest in rural areas just after dawn and between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in urban areas. People who are sensitive to ragweed may also be sensitive to sage, cantaloupe and bananas. Consuming chamomile tea, sunflower seeds and honey can lead to allergic reaction and shock in sensitive individuals.

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

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Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac sap is called urushiol. Urushiol is very irritating and is found in every part of the plant, according to WebMed. The sap continues to be active after the plant dies. People build up a sensitivity to urushiol and each subsequent exposure causes the reaction to intensify. WebMD warns that you should not burn these plants because the sap can become airborne in the smoke and ash from the fire. Inhaled urushiol can cause serious and severe reactions in the respiratory system.

Common Food Allergies in Children

Food allergy

Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by the body’s immune system. The protein component of a food is considered to be the causative factor in food allergy. Symptoms of the food allergy can include wheezing, itchy skin, headache, vomitting, sneezing, difficulty breathing, skin rashes such as hives and eczema, diarrhea, adbominal pain, indigestion, swelling of the face and eyes. The same food can cause different symptoms in different people.

Food allergy is estimated to affect 11 million Americans. The prevalance of food allergy is more in children compared to adults. There is no cure for food allergy. Avoidance of the specific food trigger is the main treatment of food allergy. Food allergies in children resolve as they get older. Here is a list of common food allergies in children.

1. Milk: Cow milk’s is the most common cause of food allergies in children. Infants who are allergic to cow’s milk usually switched to hydrolyzed formula such as Nutramigen. Some of the foods to avoid if they are allergic to cow’s milk include cheese, condensed milk, buttermilk, yogurt, margarine, casein, hydrolysates, lactalbumin, sour cream, whey, nougat, puddings made with milk, cream cheese, chocolate milk, strawberry milk, curds, instant mashed potatoes, coffee creamers, white sauces and other foods made with milk. Children who cannot consume milk or milk based foods should take addtional sources of calcium in their diet. You can substitute soy milk, almond milk or rice milk for cow’s milk. Talk to your health care provider first.

2. Peanuts: Peanuts are made from legumes from the pea and bean family. Other foods to avoid if they are allergic to peanuts include chili, ground nuts, artificial nuts, marzipan, baked goods, candy, peanut butter, mixed nuts and anything made with peanuts. Kids who are allergic to peanuts can be sensitive to foods with even tiny amounts of peanuts in them.

3. Eggs: Eggs allergies is another common cause of food allergies in children, infants and adults. Children who is allergic to eggs should avoid foods made with eggs. Some of the foods incude bavarian creams, breaded foods, cream pies, cream puffs, cake, pancakes, french toast, cookies, eggnog, bread, ice cream, pasta, doughnuts, egg rolls, egg noodles, hollandaise sauce, puddings, custard, marshmallows, mayonnaise, muffins, pretzels, tartar sauce, waffles,cream fillings, and creamy salad dressings. Children should avoid anything made with eggs. In order to prevent allergies to eggs, it is better to avoid giving eggs until he or she is one year old. Also read labels carefully. Some egg substitutes contain egg whites.

4. Soybean: Soybean allergies is usually found in infants who drink soy formula. It is also seen in older children who drink soy milk. Soybean are legumes. Other foods in the legume family include navy beans, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, string beans, chickpeas, lentils, carob, licorice and peanuts.Some of the foods to avoid if they are allergic to soybean include tofu, soybean oil, hot dogs, veggie burgers, miso soup, soy sauce, vegetable broth, soy milk, soy fruits, soy curds, soy sprouts, vegetable gum, emulsifiers and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. Some kids may be allergic to more than one legume.

5. Wheat: Wheat allergies is found in infants, children and adults. If the child is allergic to wheat, they may switch to rice or oatmeal cereal. Other foods to avoid include gluten, wheat flour, cornstarch, semolina, all purpose flour, white flour, couscous, acker meal, wheat pasta, and spelt. Many processed foods including ice cream may contain wheat flour.

6. Tree nuts: Tree nuts may also cause allergies in children and adults. Some of the tree nuts to avoid walnuts, pecans, almonds, brazil nuts, filberts, pine nuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, cashews, hazelnuts and other nuts made with hard shells. Tree nuts may also used in lotions and shampoos. Check the labels first.

7. Shellfish: Shellfish may cause allergic reaction include shrimp, crab, crayfish, lobster, clams, scallions, oysters, mussels, snails, cockle, sea urchin, abaloneand squid.

Diagnosis of food allergy:

Skin pricking tests, blood tests or food challenges are the main tests used to detect food allergies.

Common Dog Allergies

Common dog allergies to seasonal triggers, environmental substances and food can lead to discomfort, reoccurring symptoms and infectious conditions. Rashes, ear infections and respiratory irritations caused by canine allergies can be diagnosed and treated through traditional and homeopathic remedies, resulting in relief for a pet.

Identification

Dog allergies are similar to human allergies, causing symptoms of hives, rashes, congestion, watery eyes and a stuffy nose signifying a reactions. Dogs who suffer from allergies typically try to relieve their discomfort by licking their paws, biting themselves or itching their ears repetitively, and ingesting or chewing foreign objects. These self-mutilating behaviors associated with allergy discomfort can lead to serious skin complications, digestive irritation and infection.

Considerations

Environmental substances may adversely effect a dog. Pesticides, lawn sprays, flowering plants, high pollen counts, smoke, grass and plastics can contribute to canine allergies. As dogs rub against plants or roll around in grass and shrubs, allergens can stick to their fur, causing itchy skin irritations and hot spots. Dusts, molds and pollens are inhalant allergens that dogs breath in, causing congestion, watery eyes and nose and wheezing. Regular baths with medicated shampoos or natural oils can help rid the skin of topical allergens, while oral antihistamines, allergy shots and corticosteroids can decrease allergic reactions.

Significance

Food allergies do not occur spontaneously, as they manifest over time before dogs appear symptomatic. Hypersensitive dogs may not be able to digest processed proteins, preservatives and additives used in dog food. Corn-based food is a common allergy source for dogs. Canine food allergies result in belly itching, frequent ear infections and face scratching. Diet formulas of lamb and rice, venison, or fish and potatoes are typically recommended for food-sensitive breeds.

Types

Fleas, mites and ticks can cause allergic reactions in dogs sensitive to the saliva of the pest. When bitten, an allergic dog feels an extreme itching sensation that can’t be satiated, resulting in persistent scratching, biting and licking. Flea bites are a common and particularly aggravating allergy that afflicts dogs. In trying to sooth the area of the bite, dogs cause more damage to their own skin by damaging it, and provoking the onset of a parasitic or bacterial infection.

Prevention/Solution

Dog allergies can be treated using topical shampoos, ointments and sprays that contain hydrocortisone or antihistamines to help sooth and defend against environmental allergens. Flea and tick collars, applied monthly preventative treatments, and regular maintenance of rugs, dog bedding, toys, leashes, furniture and lawns can prevent the infestation of allergy-triggering pests. Dogs suffering from severe or reoccurring allergic reactions may need cortisone shots, steroids, prescription shampoos or antihistamine pills to relieve symptoms. Consulting with a veterinarian can assist in finding the most beneficial and appropriate remedy for the individual dog.

Common Cures for Cat Allergies

Cat allergies account for roughly 25 percent of all allergies in people. While there is no cure for cat allergies, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce symptoms. Even among people that are extremely sensitive to cat allergens, it is common to develop an immunity to cat allergies over time. The more that the body becomes used to the exposure to cat dander, the less likely it is that allergic reactions will occur. However, some people are much more sensitive to certain allergens. These highly-sensitive people can sometimes have dangerous allergic reactions to cat dander, leading to breathing problems, hives, and internal swelling.

For these people, over-the-counter antihistamines can help reduce the severity of allergy symptoms caused by cats. In addition, there are several things that can be done around the house to eliminate cat dander from the air and surrounding environment. Cat allergies are so prominent because of the fact that cats shed a lot more than other animals. While allergens are typically not found in the hairs themselves, saliva is often found on cat hair because of the fact that cats are self-groomers. Allergens can be found in both the saliva of cats and the oils excreted by the skin. These allergens are left behind wherever pet hair is deposited.

Also, cat allergens can be found in the air in homes where cats are present. Cat allergens can suspend themselves in the air for much longer than other types of allergens. Those whoa re susceptible to cat allergies often breathe in the allergens unknowingly. Reducing pet dander in the home, as well as allergens in the air, can reduce allergy symptoms in those who are allergic to cats.

Bedding, drapes, and other cloth items in areas where cats lay can be washed frequently in hot water that is at least 140 degrees. While this does not always remove all of the fur from fabrics, it will effectively remove cat allergens. Keeping cats off of the bed and other cloth surfaces can be tricky, but doing so will also help reduce allergic symptoms. In some cases, cats can be confined to certain areas of the home. This provides additional relief from cat allergies when it is an option.

Vacuum cleaners that contain a HEPA filter can effectively remove cat allergens from carpets and furniture. Some vacuum cleaners are even specially-designed for pet owners and include brushes for removing pet dander from surfaces. Room air filters also use HEPA filters to remove allergens and cat dander from the air. The use of room air filters has proven to be the most effective method for reducing cat allergy symptoms in pet owners who are allergic to cats.

Common Allergies and Dog Food Comparison Tests

These days it seems that almost everybody suffers from some kind of food allergy. Whether it’s because allergies are easier to diagnose or we’re becoming increasingly intolerant to the food we eat, nobody knows for sure. However, despite the fact that many humans are allergic to certain kinds of foods, few owners pay attention to the content of the  10 best dog food brands that they feed their dogs on a regular basis.

The first step to identifying a possible allergy to dog food is to watch your dog closely when he or she is eating. Take note of any slight changes in behavior or suspicious reactions. If the behaviors persist for a few days, consult your veterinarian for a diagnosis of the allergy. Follow the vet visit up with a dog food comparison test to see if there’s another brand of wellness dog food that your dog is not allergic to.

Allergic reactions, especially to protein in dog food, are more common than you think. Make sure to do the research before you buy wellness dog food or any other brand. High protein content could negatively affect your pet. The majority of allergic reactions are hardly noticeable but always take the necessary precautions to ensure your pet’s health and well-being.

Common dog food ingredients could cause a reaction in any dog. Chicken, beef, dairy, corn, and wheat are some of the ingredients known to trigger allergies. Should protein be the cause of your dog’s allergies, then it may be necessary for you to alter your pet’s diet. An easy way to find an alternative food is to research for free dog food samples online that you can let your dog try. Free dog food testers can be easily found online or even at local retail stores.