Allergies in Pets

A healthy pet is a happy pet. 


Allergies and pets can range from a minor inconvenience to a widespread issue that affects your pet, inside and out. In our blog today, we will share tips and what to look for when your pet may be showing signs of an allergic reaction.

The immune system for our pets, just like ours, protects them from infection and disease. If pets are exposed to allergen, or proteins from plants, foods, or other animals, they can develop allergies. The allergies could potentially develop in pets’ immune systems being hypersensitive to these allergens if they are exposed to them for a prolonged period of time.

Different types of allergies can develop in both dogs and cats.

Skin Allergies, also known as allergic dermatitis, is common among canines, despite the breed. They can be triggered by fleas, the environment, or food. Some dogs can develop allergic reactions to flea bites. 

Flea saliva is a common insect allergy among dogs, known as flea allergy dermatitis, or FAD. FAD can cause redness, inflammation, and scabbing on their skin, and is often found at the base of a dog’s tail. Even one flea can cause issues for a dog, so it is important to both monitor and treat your pet, and to check with your vet if there could possibly be a secondary bacterial infection, which sometimes builds up in broken skin. Flea preventatives and home treatments can be helpful for treatment, and ultimately create a flea-free environment for your dog. 

Symptoms of allergies, just like their sources, can vary. Similar to humans, pets can enter anaphylactic shock in the most severe cases, as opposed to simple rednessm, sneezing, or inflammation in others. Some reasons your pet entering shock could be from a bee sting or a reaction from a vaccine distributed to them. An appointment with the vet can further analyze the severity of the allergic reaction.



If the allergic reaction has not been contracted from a flea bite and treated with a preventative, there are many other methods of treatment. Allergy relief medication specific to your pet can be prescribed by a vet. One treatment includes anti-inflammatory drugs that block certain allergic reactions. Hypoallergenic shampoo helps with itching and inflamed skin. Another method to assist with allergic reaction would be a specific injection serum dose can be given to your pet. 


Consult with a veterinarian at Cottage Pet Hospital in Anaheim to find what is the best treatment for your pet’s allergic reaction.

“Does my cat love me?”

If you’re not a cat owner, chances are you don’t think cats are cuddly, loving creatures. But as a cat owner, you know that they can be loving household miniature lions that pretty much own every part of the house and choose when to show their love, but when they do – you feel honored.

Here are 7 distinct ways your cat shows that they truly love their human:


  1. Head Butting – This sweet act of affection that your cat does to you would not work for humans but when it’s coming from your cat, you should have all the feels. As your cat head butts you, they release facial pheromones in an exchange that in the cat world is known as ‘head bunting’ and it shows how much they trust and love you. Cue all the head butting please.
  2. Kneading – Not only is your sweet little kitten trying to soften you up to lay on you, they are also trying to show their adoration. As kittens, they perform this act on their mother to produce more milk and as you are their human parent, they turn to you. We all ‘knead’ this moment. 
  3. Cat Kiss – Let’s talk about the cat kiss. When your cat slowly blinks its eyes and touches its nose to your lips, it’s almost the most romantic moment in your life. Your cat is saying, ‘I love you, my human’. So, slow blink back because they know what it means. 
  4. Sleeping with you – World’s Best Cuddler Award goes to your furry friend that couldn’t imagine a night without you by their side. Cats show their affection by being close to you so it’s no wonder they choose their sleeping spot right next to you. So, make some room for your bestie when you’re going to bed. 
  5. Nipping you – Cats are playful and as kittens, they like to bite hard. But there is a difference between play bites and loving nips. When your cat nips at your fingertips ever so softly, consider that a marriage proposal because they L-O-V-E you. 
  6. Staring into your eyes – This sign of affection can translate into the human world as well. If your cat shares a long, deep, stare into your eyes, consider yourself their favorite person. This gesture of love is a sign of devotion and you are lucky to be on the receiving end of all this love. 
  7. Showing you their tummy – A cat’s tummy is to always be protected and when they flip over to even show you it, they trust you implicitly. This is a sign of trust and vulnerability, and they know you will only give love and protection if they show you their underside. I’m not crying, you are. 


Consider yourself very lucky to have a furry friend that cares to show you even one of these signs of love. That’s all for meow, tune in for more later!

7 tips for new puppy owners


Bringing a new puppy home can be an exciting time in your life, but when you get home with your new best friend you might be asking yourself, “Well, now what do I do?”

Don’t worry, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know before you go and picking up new roommate:


  1. Puppy-proof your home before bringing her back. Yes, just like baby-proofing your home, you must make sure your home is a safe environment for your puppy. That means putting things that she can chew or choke on in a place that cannot be reached. You’ll also want to hide loose wiring that is accessible to your puppy. During the teething process, your puppy will chew anything it can get its mouth on.


  1. Get a towel or shirt that has a familiar scent to your puppy before you take her home. A towel or shirt that has the scent of her mother and litter mates could go a long way. This will make her more comfortable to their new surroundings and it will also be useful for crate training.


  1.  After bringing your puppy home, you’ll want to get them to a veterinarian within the first 48 hours. This is to make sure your puppy is in good health. This could be a simple weigh-in and checkup. This is also a great way for your puppy to meet their vet for the first time. This is someone you’ll want your puppy to be comfortable with, so make your vet one of the first people your puppy meets.


  1. Keep feeding your puppy the same food that the shelter or breeder was feeding them. If you have a specific food you want your puppy to be eating, gradually mix the new food in with the breeder or shelter food until their stomach is ready for the change.


  1. During your puppy’s training, it is important that your puppy meets as many people as possible. You want your puppy to be comfortable around all types of people. Certain uniforms and articles of clothing can be startling – to not just puppies – but full grown dogs. If you can get your puppy comfortable at an early age with seeing uniforms and other types of clothing it will help them in future to stay calm when seeing it again.


  1. During the teething process your puppy will want to chew on everything, even people. Although it may not hurt, it may even look cute, do not let your puppy do this. It creates a very bad habit that can be carried over into their adult life.


  1. Reward your puppy’s good behavior by giving her treats or with positive reinforcement. The training process for your puppy will be telling her what they’re not allowed to do. When you see your puppy doing something good, it is important to let them know. It doesn’t always have to be a treat. A rub on the head or any type of affection should be enough to let your puppy know they are doing well.


These tips are meant to help guide you through the puppy training process but are not meant to replace advice from your veterinarian. If you notice a change in your pet’s behavior, take them to the doctor right away.