Can my pet have respiratory allergies?

Animals can develop respiratory allergies. Most allergies in pets fall into three categories:

  • atopic dermatitis (skin irritation): whether seasonal or year-round, atopic dermatitis can be caused by pollen, mold, dander, dust, flea bites, or other irritants in the environment (source: Baker Institute for Animal Health. What is an allergy?)
  • respiratory allergies: sensitivity to indoor and outdoor allergies. 
  • food allergies: meat, dairy, and eggs are common culprits of food allergies in pets. Food allergy is sometimes the cause of allergy symptoms in pets younger than one year of age (source: - Verlinden A, Hesta M, Millet S, Janssens GP. Food allergy in dogs and cats: a review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2006;46(3):259-273).

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