It’s Fall! The changing seasons bring weather that is perfect for wearing matching sweaters with your pup, the anticipation of Halloween…and allergens and toxins that threaten your pet’s health?

Allergies plague dogs and cats just like humans, but the symptoms differ. While we might experience a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing, dogs and cats show irritation in their skin, ears, and feet. Infection is something to watch and can often be detected by red, irritated skin, small bumps, crust on the skin or hair loss. According to The American Kennel Club, skin allergies are the most common type of allergic reaction among dogs. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from allergies, it is best to contact your veterinarian so that a treatment plan can be implemented.

Here at Hungry Hound, we believe that natural is second nature. To alleviate your pet’s allergies, don’t forget to browse our wide assortment of products that cater to your pet’s sensitivities. For instance, we carry over a dozen brands of dog food that cater to grain-free diets. Shop our specialty foods online!

As for toxins, there’s a few players to keep caution of: chocolate, rodenticides, mushrooms, and compost bins or piles. While taking your dog out for his or her walks, be wary of what they may encounter. Leaves, bark, twigs, and flowers can even cause irritation. For example, lilies are especially harmful to cats as certain lily species have been shown to cause kidney failure.

Poison-related pet emergencies are best directed to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Poison Control Experts are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

There are many resources for you and your pet, so don’t hesitate the next time trouble barks or meows!