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Monday Mischief: Scratch That Itch

Sometimes everybody has an itch to scratch.

Spring is an especially itchy time here at the DogDaz Zoo. All the dogs started on allergy medicine several weeks ago when the first crocuses started pushing their heads up out of the snow. Sofie tends to suffer from terrible skin problems in the warmer weather. I give her an antihistamine (this year it is Zyrtec) before her scratching starts to get too bad. Hopefully, this will delay the heavy duty expensive medicine (Apoquel) that we end up having to use by mid-summer (or she scratches her skin off). Louise and Charlie are sneezing and runny too, so everyone is on something every day until this passes.

Aren’t we lucky to live somewhere that everything that grows in the northern US, and everything that grows south, grows here?

What have you tried that helps keep the itch away? Spring flowers are lovely, but oh, this pollen!

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Caturday: Dear Noel, I Keep Sneezing

Dear Noel,

In the last few weeks, I started sneezing a great deal and get these crusty things by my eyes. My nose is all running and I just want to sleep. Am I dying?

Yours truly,

Meow Choo

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Dear Choo,

Thanks for writing. No, you are not dying, you probably have seasonal allergies. Just like our humans, we can develop reactions to pollen, dust, and even grass. If you are sneezing, coughing, have irritated eyes or a runny nose, it is very possible that spring has sprung in your area and you are reacting to the blooms, especially if you go outdoors or sit in the window a lot. I get even pinker than usual this time of year. And Mom is really slow at getting the crusty things out of my eyes. Also, keep a whisker out for any new skin irritations, excessive scratching, bald patches on the skin, excessive redness around your eyes, mouth, chin, or ears, and if your human tells you that you are snoring.

There are a few things you and your human can do to help:

  • Stay indoors during high pollen days

  • Keep the windows closed and run an air conditioner to keep pollen out of the house

  • Wipe yourself down with a wet cloth if you have been outside

  • Take a bath (it is not as bad as it sounds)

If none of this seems to work then ask your human to take you to the Vet. You might have something else going on like an allergy to fleas. That would be bad!!!! (I hate flea bites!)

Take care and feel better,

Noel, the Queen of Everything

(Thanks to worldsbestcatlitter.com for these great suggestions)

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2019 in Cats

 

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