Your Pet and the Dreaded Reverse Sneeze

If you want to see staff at King’s Trail Animal Hospital make some funny noises, tell them that you think that your pet is gagging at times. Often, if you are lucky, you will see us do our best impression of a reverse sneeze in an attempt to confirm what we think is likely happening with your pet. 

When pets reverse sneeze, it can sound pretty scary. Thankfully most times it is no major pet emergency. Learn why a reverse sneeze happens and when you need to worry.

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That Time of Year: Pine and Oak Pollen Allergies in Pets

Pollen allergies in pets are not fun for anyoneAllergic reactions are common among humans, but our pets may also experience problems caused by allergens in their environment. Along with dust, flea, and food allergies, oak and pine pollen allergies in pets have become more and more common this time of year.

What are Pine and Oak Pollen Allergies in Pets?

In the springtime, different varieties of pine and oak trees release significant amounts of pollen into the air. This can aggravate seasonal allergies in our pets, and it’s difficult to avoid, as the pollen can drift over a large area.   

The pollen released by the trees lands on your pet’s paws, coat, and skin. Specialized immune cells, called mast cells, leap into action on your pet’s behalf. When the immune system is stimulated by allergens, it produces a protein called histamine. Histamine causes an inflammatory response in the tissues, leading to itchy and inflamed skin. Continue…