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Pet Allergy and Asthma Awareness


ecognizing symptoms in your pet may be harder to distinguish, especially since they can’t voice

their discomfort. And food allergies can often mimic seasonal allergies so spotting the differences is key to treating the right problem for your cat or dog.

May is Pet Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. This is a great time to brush up on your pet’s seasonal allergy symptoms, so you can quickly identify potential problems and distinguish between seasonal allergies versus food allergies.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of each can ensure your fur baby receives
the right solution they need to thrive.

What is an Allergy?

Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to foreign substances. Just like their human counterparts, our furry friends can experience unpleasant allergy symptoms.

It can be tremendously overwhelming trying to pinpoint an allergy in your pet. You may notice constant itching, red skin, bouts of nausea and diarrhea, reoccurring ear, eye or skin infections or lack of appetite. Any one of these symptoms could be pointing to an allergy in your pet.

Allergies can be both seasonal and food-related. Unfortunately, symptoms aren’t mutually exclusive, which makes it hard to tell which one, or both, your dog or cat is battling. Both outdoor and food-related allergies can display in the same manner.

Because of the vast array of triggers, it’s best to start out by process of elimination. Since you can’t eliminate daily walks outside, start with food. Grains, wheat, corn and soy are the most common triggers. Commonly fed protein sources like chicken can also be an allergy trigger as well.


Symptoms of Food Allergies in Pets

Food Intolerance:

Vomiting and/or diarrhea

Food Allergy:

Itchy skin, diarrhea and/or gas

Switch It Up

Switch to a grain-free formula with a unique protein like duck, rabbit or venison. Many believe that it’s not appropriate to switch your pet’s food, but we’re here to assure you that Rotational Feeding (switching out what protein you feed a few times a year) can help reduce the risk of food allergies.

Mixology® Rotational Pet Feeding Can Help

When we then feed our pets the same food, we risk overexposing or underexposing them as well which can lead to allergies, inflammation and digestive issues. Food allergies can exist in pets when they eat the same food for years and don’t experience a variety of foods.

Learn more about Mixology® Rotational Pet Feeding and how this can directly
affect, and improve any food allergies your pet may have.

Stop by at your local store to talk to our knowledgeable staff who can help you make a smooth transition and ease your dog or cat’s food triggers.


Allergy season for dogs and cats is typically in the spring and summer months. These seasonal allergies arise because plants are blooming during this time of the year, which causes the pollen count to be high.

Common allergens for dogs and cats include fleas, pollen, plants, house dust mites, and ragweed. Ragweed is one of the most common allergens in the U.S. and can be one of the leading causes of your cat’s or dog’s allergy symptoms.

While changing your pet’s diet will help build up their immune system and strengthen their gastrointestinal tract, it can’t protect them from seasonal, outdoor allergies. This is where a probiotic comes into play. When we visit the doctor with a digestive or upset stomach or a weak immune system, doctors recommend a probiotic — the same rules apply to our pets.

Probiotics are designed to strengthen the immune system, control yeast and candida, improve digestion and reduce inflammation of the skin. They contain healthy bacteria that can survive within the stomach and intestines to correct imbalances. Probiotics also feed healthy bacteria growth and regulate bowel movements and enzymes that reduce inflammation.

Learn more about our line of Herbsmith Supplements to help soothe your pet and keep them comfortable during seasonal allergy season. Then stop by your local store to stock up on the supplements they need to thrive during the Spring and Summer months.

Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies in Your Pets

The symptoms of your furry friend’s allergies may vary on a case-by-case basis. However, some of the main signs of allergies for both cats and dogs include:

  • Itchiness
  • Itchy and runny eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Constant licking
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry flakey skin
  • Hair loss
  • Bumps/rashes
  • Chronic ear infections

How Do You Know If Your Pet Has Allergies?

What is Asthma?

Asthma is an allergic disease that occurs due to an allergic reaction in the airways, which then causes inflammation. This inflammation causes the passageways to constrict, making it very difficult to breathe.

Asthma Symptoms in Your Dog or Cat

An asthma attack can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation. That’s why it’s essential to recognize the signs of an asthma attack in its early stages. Symptoms of an asthma attack for both cats and dogs include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Gagging up foamy mucus
  • Panting with a wide mouth
  • Blue lips and gums

Treatment for both allergies and asthma will depend on the severity of the condition. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.