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January 22nd 08, 11:50 AM
Several objects in the environment can be inhaled by pets and can
trigger allergic reactions in dogs and cats. These objects induce the
cells of the pets to release substances such as histamine. With
histamine, the irritation begins.

The objects in the environment that cause this type of allergies are
called allergens. Some examples of these allergens are the following:

Pollen from the surrounding flowering plants
Dusts that have accumulated in several areas in the house
Mites and similar tiny creatures that survive and live on dust
Molds, fungi, and other similar low forms of plants. The spores from
these can be inhaled by pets

Pets, upon exposure to the above allergens will show several symptoms.
Among dogs, the major symptoms are:

Unstoppable itching in the face and in the feet
Other itching and irritation in several parts of the body
Occurrence of sores and discharges
Loss of hair

Among cats, the symptoms of inhalant allergies are:

Unspecific itching
Intolerable itching in the face, neck, and thighs
Inflammation and sores in different parts of the body
Loss of hair

When the above symptoms are displayed, especially on certain seasons,
such as spring and summer, dogs or cats are most likely affected by
pollen allergy. To accurately determine the occurrence of inhalant
allergies, pets should be taken to the

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