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你的寵物有季節性的過敏嗎

Q.你的寵物有季節性的過敏嗎?

A. 如果你屬於季節性過敏,在春季跟秋季來臨時,不舒服的症狀就會伴隨著出現。
你可能不知道的是,有可能你的貓或狗也同樣對於環境過敏。如同在美國寵物的過敏症狀,往往都是發生在不斷變化的季節之下。以下,『Wellness寵物健康』 權威獸醫Dr. Al Townshend 博士將會深入探討,針對於常見的一些寵物過敏問題做解說。

Q.為何寵物的過敏會在秋天或是春天變得比較嚴重?那些環境因素會在這時候變得更加嚴重?

A. 環境變遷產生的過敏存在於全國各地,其中於春季與秋季過發生機率較高。秋季時,花草間彼此會授粉。此時因秋季屬於生長季節的末端,  推積的落葉也會增加黴菌的孳生。
春季時,大多數的植物都會產生花粉,過敏反應,也隨著環境季節變化,所產生的溫度及濕度做出了呈現。

Q. 寵物的季節性敏感有哪些徵狀嗎?

A. 季節性過敏與食物過敏很類似,通常會產生劇烈的搔癢感,同時會不斷流眼淚、鼻水、打噴嚏、感覺乾燥,產生皮屑及掉毛。

Q. 有什麼辦法可以分出哪種是環境性過敏? 那些是對食物過敏呢?

A. 過敏源的主要成因可以透過一些試驗發現,這兩種類型的過敏源是可以被區分的。只要寵物對於一種食物過敏,同時又處於容易引起過敏的環境,更糟的情況是造成,全年對食物過敏。
為了縮小寵物過敏源範圍,務必保持寵物症狀紀錄。請注意,隨著飲食習慣的改變或季節變化相吻合的症狀變化。如果寵物的食物是一樣的,但她的皮膚搔癢、過敏症狀僅發生在春季和秋季,你可能僅需處理環境過敏源,但如果你的紀錄顯示寵物過敏症狀是全年發生的,我們會建議你嘗試替換不同的食物(例:Wellness 單一蛋白質來源),或著刪除一個淺在的環境過敏源,雖然大多數的環境過敏源是屬於季節性,少部份會出現在整年。過敏源可能是:香水、羽毛、菸、除蟲商品,某些曾被報導過的織品類。無論是過敏源是食物或是環境,請務必以一個時間來測量,並維持數個月。一旦過敏源被消除,可以維持免疫數個月。

Q. 有哪些做法能夠幫助寵物父母避免寵物的季節性過敏?

A. 如果確定你的寵物有季節性的過敏反應,也有可以採取的一些對應措施。狗狗對於季節性過敏難以避免,畢竟讓他們長時間待在室內不是實際的作法。
但是,你可以:
-外出時,保持車窗緊閉,降低外在環境高濃度過敏因素。
-貓狗洗澡時,請使用檢驗合格、溫和的洗劑,並確實清潔以除去過敏源的包覆。
-放置狗狗專屬的室外擦腳墊
-定期環境清理,減少細菌滋生。
-定期清理汽車空氣濾清器。

上述的方式都確實執行一段時間後,若寵物的季節性過敏狀況明顯沒有改善,建議醫院檢查並配合藥物控制。

隨著不斷改善及觀察,相信你的寵物過敏症狀,會隨著症狀控制之下獲得舒緩,並且延長不復發的機率與時間。

How to Keep Your Pet Safe on Halloween

Every Halloween, the streets are lined with frightening strangers – decaying mummies, wicked clowns and hungry zombies – arriving at your door every few minutes demanding a gift of food for their bags.  This is what Halloween is like for your pet, and it can be terrifying! Add on to that a few holiday safety hazards and the stage has been set nicely for disaster.  Keep your pet safe this October 31st with these tips:

Trick or Treat

Treats
Halloween candy is the bane of dentists everywhere, but also a regular presence on Halloween night in emergency veterinary clinics. Something that tastes so wonderful to us can be incredibly dangerous for our four-legged roommates.

  • Chocolate – Halloween provides easy access to this deadly treat, especially when you have a fully-stocked bowl of those amazing chocolate-and-peanut-butter pumpkins. Chocolate is dangerous to both dogs and cats, and can be lethal, and the symptoms include diarrhea, quick breathing, high heart rate, vomiting and even seizures.
  • All Other Candy – A good rule of thumb when it comes to all candy for your pet is this: don’t do it. Even non-chocolate candy is dangerous, as it may contain, xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and seizures.

Tricks
All Hallow’s Eve is also called the “Mischief Night,” and while many practice harmless pranking, sadly many beloved pets fall victim to those with less honorable intentions. Many animal shelters will not allow any black cat adoptions during the month of October, to deter any would-be cruelty inflictors. No matter how deplorable, it can be avoidable, so keep your pets inside on the days surrounding Halloween.

Monsters

People in Costumes
If you live in a kid-friendly neighborhood, you better stock up and leave the porch light on, because they are coming for you. While it’s fun for us to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over the creative costumes America’s youth is donning this year, it’s 100% terrifying for your pets. “Who are these strangers at the door? Why do they keep knocking on the door? Why do you open the door, and then why do they yell? I’m pretty sure I just saw a zombie.” While we can’t really explain this October holiday with our pets, we can take certain steps to make sure they’re as comfortable with the situation as they can be.

  • Pick a room far away from the front door and designate it the pet room for the evening. Turn on low music or a television in the room so sudden knocking or doorbell-ringing isn’t quite so jarring. Buy yourself some time with a few jerky treats and chew toys.
  • If pets can’t be confined to one part of the house, at least make sure they have no access to the front door. With so many constant openings and closings of the door, all to reveal strangers in costume, it’s easy for Fluffy to slip out into the night for tricks of her own.

Your Pets in Costumes
Be sensitive to your buddy. While many pet costumes are hilarious and adorable, it’s important to make sure that your dog or cat is okay with wearing whatever you have chosen. I’m not saying that he’s going to choose whether he wants to be Lady Gaga or a hotdog, but he can let you know quickly if the costume doesn’t fit.  You wouldn’t want to wear an uncomfortable costume all night, so don’t put your pet in something tight, restrictive, irritating, itchy or painful.

The one costume your pet should not go without this Halloween is an identifying tag, engraved with your phone number. Many pets go missing on Halloween, so make it easier for rescuers to reach you when they find your dog.

Pumpkins

Pumpkin is a delicious fruit can be a nice addition to your pet’s diet. However, Halloween presents its own set of dangers when it comes to the cheerful orange decoration.

  • Too Much of a Good Thing – Pumpkin in small quantities can act as a natural regularity booster, but too much can quickly up that power to laxative and even intestinal blockage. Make sure any decorative pumpkins are not within easy access to dogs and cats, who may just decide they’re going to eat the whole  pumpkin before you even realize it’s happening. Similarly, another fall decoration, corn, can also cause gastrointestinal problems, so keep it out of reach as well.
  • Jack-O-Lantern – You certainly want the neighborhood to enjoy all the hard work you put into your jack-o-lantern, but don’t forget that the unusual glow from the candle can attract more than trick-or-treaters. Keep pets away from any items that have a flame, including pumpkins and decorative candles.

Halloween can be scary for your pet, or it can be like any other day with careful planning and consideration for your pet.  Remember your first concern is your pet’s health and safety, and if that can be accomplished while dressing your dog as the Toto to your Dorothy, your Halloween will be one to remember.