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A New Treatment for Allergies in Dogs

I have to admit that I am excited. There is a new drug on the market for the treatment of allergic skin disease in dogs, one of the most frustrating conditions that veterinarians deal with on a daily basis. Allergic skin disease is also frustrating for owners and dogs because it can require repeat visits to the veterinary clinic and the long-term administration of oral and topical medications that sometimes have questionable efficacy and frequent side effects. Credit: Getty Creative Veterinarians prescribe many different medications to control the itching caused by allergic skin disease. Antihistamines have few side effects (sedation being the main one) but are not very effective....

You have a pet that is so itchy that it has constant hair loss and skin infections due to scratching. Your veterinarian suggests a dietary elimination trial by trying a hypoallergenic diet. Six weeks into the trial, nothing has changed. Does this sound familiar? It happens all the time in veterinary practice. Why? First of all most allergies, especially those characterized by generalized body itching, are seldom caused by food alone. Second is that other common allergies like fleas were not adequately controlled. A recent study published in the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition suggests another reason that is more alarming. How the Allergic Response is...

10 Tips to Reduce Pet Allergens at Home

Allergies are on the rise for both people and pets. Typically, dogs and cats don't suffer from runny noses and watery eyes, but signs that your pet could have a problem do include sneezing, wheezing, itching and scratching. In a perfect world, we’d all live in an environment that’s free of dust, fleas, pollen,…

Many cat lovers with cat allergies would be willing to pay top dollar for a truly hypoallergenic cat, so when a biotech company called Allerca announced in 2006 that it had developed such a breed, prospective owners forked over thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars to get one. But now an investigative report by ABC's "The Lookout" has shown that Allerca's claims about hypoallergenic cats appear to be a lot of unsubstantiated hype. Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. A protein known as Fel d 1, found in cats' saliva, is what causes allergies to cats. Simon Brodie, the founder of Allerca (now known as Lifestyle Pets) claims that the cats he developed still produce...

Dog Allergies: Q & A With Dr. Jack Stephens

Many of us are dealing with a miserable allergy season, and that doesn't go just for humans — our dogs may be affected, too. Pets Best Insurance is working to spread awareness about the effects and costs associated with pet allergies. We spoke with Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best, to learn the…