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Natural Health Bible for Cats & Dogs

Author: Shawn Messonnier, D.V.M., is a holistic veterinarian and nationally recognized expert on integrative medicine for animals.


According to the literature, allergies usually are seen in pets 1 to 3 years of age. However, this figure is a bit misleading. Allergies usually occur within 1 to 3 years of a pet being exposed to environmental allergens. For example, if you live in an environment where there are few environmental allergens, even if your dog had the genetic ability to develop allergies, he would not do so. If you moved to an area where there were many environmental allergens, your genetically predisposed dog or cat would develop signs of allergies within 1 to 3 years of moving into the new environment. (When owners ask if allergies can be cured, the answer is usually "NO", although a rare pet will "outgrow" his allergies. If an owner were to move to another state where there were few allergens that affected the dog or cat, the allergic pet, while still technically "allergic", would not show signs of allergies and would appear "cured.")


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