Dogs can be allergic to cats and vice versa. The cause of such allergy is dander, the tiny cells discarded from hair, fur and feathers. All animals shed them, and humans to, in fact ! Although rare, it is possible for your pet dog to be allergic to you.
“It’s rare, but dogs can be allergic to cat dander and people dander and vice versa. For everything,” says Raelynn Farnsworth, of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dander is largely attributed to pets but humans produce and shed them too. Aside from dander, flea saliva and some foods are common triggers of allergy. Symptoms of an allergy in dogs include inflamed and itchy skin, runny nose and sneezing. Also watch out for the period or duration the symptoms last–is it only during certain seasons or is it all year round?
Luckily for our pets, testing for environmental allergens, both seasonal and non-seasonal, are readily available.
“We routinely test dogs for reactions to cat dander,” she says. “This includes a small amount of allergen placed under the skin to test for reactions, just like in human allergy testing,” Christine Cain, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine told National Geographic.
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