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July 20, 2011 at 3:38 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Pet Allergy Symptoms

By Dr. Char Wilson, DVM More Blogs by This Author

Dr. Char Wilson explains symptoms that can be seen when your pet has allergies.
Host, Gerry Barnaby – Hey, what’s up? Barnaby here—another VETiONX Moment with Dr. Char, holistic vet since 1987, and you folks have been just firing off emails ad infinitum on our website,, with the “Ask the Vet” link.  Here’s one—it’s all about allergies. That’s what this segment’s going to be about.  “How do I know,” writes this one person, “if my horse has allergies?”
Health Coach, Dr. Char Wilson, DVM –   Well, sometimes you can see some discharge from the eyes, or the horse will be kind of actually itchy, you know, they’re rubbing, just seeming a little uncomfortable.  Sometimes it can almost manifest itself a little bit in that they’re a little bit more kind of irritable, or hyper reflexive, you know, it’s just not that calm self because they’re rubbed.
Barnaby – Interesting. Is there, like, an allergist for horses?
Dr. Char – Well, the veterinarian can go out to the horse and usually can give some type of antihistamine or, you know, cortisone, and kind of soothe the condition. However, that’s something that has to be continually done, and it doesn’t solve the problem.  So probably a more conservative and better approach would be to use something else, like a homeopathic that will start to help heal the body from the inside.
Barnaby – Excellent. Well, on the subject of allergies, what about a reptile?  We just had a bearded dragon at our house for a weekend, and they are inscrutable—they just sit there and look at the heat lamp. But, let’s say, can it suffer from an allergy?
Dr. Char – Well, anything can suffer from an allergy. However, I’m not sure about the bearded dragon if he would get an allergy as quickly as some of our companion ones, because generally they don’t have as many environmental toxins coming their way.
Barnaby – It seems like a pretty cloistered environment in a terrarium—that’s probably not a free flow of air and germs and other food stuffs that are off the menu. So probably no allergies there to speak of?
Dr. Char – It would be minimal.
Barnaby – Okay, that’s good.  How about this: birds?  Birds get allergies?
Dr. Char – Well, birds can get allergies. They’re also prone to a lot of stress, you know, you can have feather picking, you know, so birds are kind of fragile.  And so anything that stresses the body out can make the body a little bit more susceptible to allergens.
Barnaby – Yeah, we’ve got a singing canary at home, and the cat is always eying it, and I’m always wondering, does the bird think “Uh oh,” or does it sense that it’s in a cage and it’s free from harm?
Dr. Char – Well, I think it just depends on the bird.
Barnaby – A rhetorical question probably. Well, Doc, it’s always good to ask you questions, because you get right to the point with the answers.  Like my 1st grade teacher used to say: “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” So if you’ve got a question about your pet, the best thing to do is go to the link, “Ask the Vet,” right here on and ask Dr. Char, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as she is able.

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