Pets can suffer from allergies too

Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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If your pet's non-stop itching is waking you up at night, you're not alone. Veterinarians are saying this is the worst season for pet allergies in recent memory. KOTV's Dave Davis has some things you can do to help both of you get a better night's sleep.

If you have dogs or cats, you've probably already noticed it. Pet allergies are especially bad this year.

"Your Bermuda grass looks wonderful, it's growing like crazy.  All your flowers are doing great.  That's hard on your pets," said Dr. Kim Huckaby, of Bent Arrow Animal Hospital.

At Dr. Huckaby's Clinic, Bent Arrow Animal Hospital, she has seen a 20 percent increase in pet allergy cases from last year. Allergy concerns make up about a third of her case load. Dogs like Corbin are suffering. A while ago, he even lost an eye due to non-stop allergy itching.

"You can see the red skin and how the skin is really thick.  It gets thickened over time because of chronic inflammation. The undersides of his paws are a really good example," said Dr. Huckaby.

And it's not just the animals who are having a rough time,it's literally keeping their owners up at night. Dr. Huckaby should know. She says her pug Howie had every allergy in the book for the better part of 14 years.

"And it is a lot. It is scratching in the middle of the night waking you up. It is that extra ten minutes in the morning it takes you to rinse his feet off and wipe his belly down, make sure you clean his ears once a week," said Dr. Huckaby.

And finally, pet allergies aren't curable, she says they're manageable. One of the best solutions is to wipe the animal's belly and paws off with a wet cloth after they come in from the outdoors. If it's severe enough, or if they develop a staph infection, they'll probably need medication.

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