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Pet sensitivities demystified: Tackle the irritations affecting your animal

Pet sensitivities are on the rise, yet many pet owners may be unaware of what is specifically impacting their four-legged family members. With a host of potential allergens and other irritants possibly affecting your pet, it is crucial to understand the source so you can mitigate the negative effect it may be having on your animal's health and overall well-being.

Here are three common sources of sensitivities that may be affecting your cat or dog, along with suggested remedies to help your pet lead a healthier (and happier) life.

Outdoor Pollutants

The great outdoors is often a major source of allergens and irritants, which can be linked to sensitivities. Just like humans, pets can be impacted by seasonal, plant-based allergies. Pollens and grasses are common sources during the warm spring and summer months.

Be aware of your animal's usual habits and take note if a reaction may be correlated with a particular season. If you are concerned, you might consider a trip to the vet to help determine your best course of action.


Food can also cause sensitivities. Michele Dixon, a specialist in pet health and nutrition at pet food company Petcurean, agrees. "Food sensitivities are increasingly prevalent in pets such as cats and dogs," she says. "If you suspect your pet may be suffering from a food-related intolerance, try replacing their food with one that is geared towards their specific dietary needs. For instance, Petcurean's GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINE recipes can diminish discomfort or digestive issues pets may have previously experienced."

Indoor Allergens

Perhaps less of a perceived threat, indoor allergens such as dust mites and mold spores can also take their toll. Cleaning your floors and carpets regularly to minimize the dust that has accumulated is one method for decreasing the risk of these issues.

By closely monitoring your pet's exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens, and keeping an eye on how they react to the food they eat, you can help ensure your pet thrives.

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