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Pet allergies on the rise in Wilmington

Chew marks and stains on paws are  indicators of allergies. (Source: WECT) Chew marks and stains on paws are indicators of allergies. (Source: WECT)
"People usually freak out and don't realize until we comb out hundreds of fleas," Richard  Quick said. (Source: WECT) "People usually freak out and don't realize until we comb out hundreds of fleas," Richard Quick said. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Several Wilmington animal hospitals have reported an increase in pet allergy cases this summer.

Watery eyes and a stuffy nose are typical symptoms of allergies for humans, but your four-legged companion may also be suffering.

"Most people catch it early on because their animal gets very miserable, very fast," said Myrtle Grove Animal Hospital's lead technician Richard Quick.

Quick said there are three major types of allergies that pet owners can easily miss if they don't know what to look out for.

"People don't understand that fleas are in their environment. They're usually in their home," Quick explained. " [Fleas] are not biting the people because the animals are there."

If your pup is itching and scratching, he probably has flea allergies.

"People usually freak out and don't realize until we comb out hundreds of fleas," Quick said.

There are also food and inhaled seasonal allergies that could torment your pup. The signs of which are not easy to spot.

"They lick. Usually you'll see their feet are stained or they'll have stains around their rear end from licking. They also scoot, and they're usually missing hair," Quick said.

Quick said Myrtle Grove Animal Hospital sees a higher number of cocker spaniels and other light colored breeds than their darker counterparts.

"Most of your white dogs are allergy dogs, "Quick explained. "They're genetic anomalies because they wouldn't survive in the wild [due to their light coat]."

Veterinarians have nicknamed this statistic as the "white dog syndrome."

Unfortunately pets can't ask for a tissue, but you can ask your veterinarian for advice on how to deal with your fury companions discomfort from allergies. 

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