Itchy-Scratchy: Does My Pet Have Allergies?

dog with allergies

The season is upon us. Watery eyes, sneezing, headache, runny nose, the list goes on when it comes to seasonal allergies. Pets, too, can experience the effects of allergens that are plentiful this time of year. But when it comes to allergies in pets, the symptoms may not mimic our own. 

If you are asking yourself, does my pet have allergies, then you have come to the right place. The team at True Care Veterinary Hospital is here with some facts and recommendations about pet allergies to help ease the discomfort of the season.


A Hairy Situation: Hairballs in Cats 

cat laying on rug

Almost every cat owner is familiar with the hacking and gagging noises cats make (usually at 2 am) as they prepare to cough up a hairball. If you groan when you hear this and wonder if  anything can be done about it, True Care Veterinary Hospital has good news for you!

But are you ready to tackle the hairy situation that is hairballs in cats? 

How Do Hairballs Happen? 

Cats are consummate groomers that work hard to keep their coats immaculate. While grooming themselves with their sharp tongues, cats ingest hair that has been shed. Fur cannot be broken down by the digestive tract, and if it doesn’t pass through, it can collect in the intestine.

Although this hair typically passes through the digestive tract and is excreted in the stool, sometimes it may remain in the stomach and gradually accumulate into a wet clump – the hairball.