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As a professional pet sitter in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Madiera Beach, and St. Pete Beach it is common to see dogs or developing puppies beginning to show signs of allergies. This post is to alert you as the pet parent what are some common substances that could be causing such reactions:

  • Tree, grass and weed pollens
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat, or soy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fleas and flea-control products (the bite of a single flea can trigger intense inchiness for two or three weeks!)
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning products
  • Fabrics
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Rubber and plastic materials

Dogs can also be allergic to food and it often takes some detective work to find out what substance is causing the allergic reaction. Dogs with food allergy will commonly have ichy skin, breathing difficulties or gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting, and an elimination diet will most probabaly be used to determine what food he is allergic to.

If your dog is specifically allergic to chicken, for example, you should avoid feeding him any products containing chicken protein or fat.

Note that food allergies may show up in dogs at any age so just because your dog is a young puppy or a dog that has lived a long life clear of allergies doesn’t mean they are in the clear.


Information Gathered From ASPCA Website:

Your St. Pete pet sitting in home professional is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. By hiring a professional pet sitter from your local area gives you access to information about how to have a happier pet from puppy to adult dog. Regal Pet Services LLC provides dog walking, pet sitting in home, dog running, and other pet services in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde, Madiera Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Clearwater.

Just ask your St. Pete professional pet sitter when you call to set up your FREE inital meeting if you have any other questions you would like your St. Pete pet sitter to bring to that meeting…