Kitty got acne on her chin? Puppy got the itchies and can't stop scratching? Fleas, food and seasonal allergens are the usual suspects. But they are not the only culprits. Dr. Karen Becker, Mercola Healthy Pets, reports that "House Dust Mites Can Drive Your Dog or Cat Nuts."
From 30 to 80 percent of allergic dogs and cats test positive for dust mite sensitivity. Pets that once lived primarily outdoors can develop sensitivity after they’ve lived indoors for a period of time.
In dogs, signs of a dust mite allergy include bacterial skin infections; itching, especially around the face and on the feet; recurrent ear inflammation or infections; and seborrhea (a red, itchy rash with white scales).
Kitties with a dust mite allergy may develop something called eosinophilic granuloma complex that results in skin lesions; itching; acne on the chin; recurrent ear inflammation or infections; and a disease of the foot pads called plasma cell pododermatitis, or “pillow foot.”What to do when common dust mites attack your companion animals? Attack back! Yes, you do have to vacuum more than once a month. If possible remove carpeting altogether. And bathe those fur babies often.
Dr. Becker advises, "hold off on powerful drugs that shut down the immune system in favor of dealing with the animal’s environment first, in conjunction with some other safe, common sense steps.
These include regular foot soaks and bathing to wash away allergens and soothe irritated skin; feeding a species-appropriate, anti-inflammatory diet; providing fresh, good quality drinking water; and avoiding over-vaccinating/over-medicating to insure your pet’s immune system remains strong and resilient.
You can also consider investing in an air purifier to control dust mites, and switching to non-toxic cleaning agents to lessen your pet’s overall toxic load."
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