Wet Nose News: September 2015

Allergies in Pets

Just like people, dogs and cats can have allergies too!  An allergic reaction occurs when your pet’s body has an adverse response to environmental substances, which can range from from hardly noticeable to potentially fatal. Most reactions occur when the allergen is inhaled, ingested or contacted the skin. 

Common Allergic Reactions

  • Scratching or itching
  • Runny eyes
  • Reddish, moist or scabbed skin
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Like humans, allergies are unique to each pet, but common allergens include pollens, mold spores, dust, cigarette smoke, foodstuffs, and fleas,.Determining the cause of your pet’s allergic reaction is difficult due to the large number of substances they interact with on a daily basis.
Using your pet’s medical history, a comprehensive physical examination, diagnostic tests and an elimination diet, we can discover your pet’s specific allergies. Once determined, we can design a customized allergy regimen that involves removing environmental and food-based allergens from your pet’s daily routine, as well as prescribing allergy medications dramatically improving your pet’s quality of life. 


We strongly believe pet insurance is the best way to protect your pet. Nearly 75% of all pet care costs are related to illness or injury. Unfortunately, it’s not a matter of “if” an injury or illness will affect your pet, but when, how bad, and how often!

For the best healthcare coverage, Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital recommends TRUPANION INSURANCE. As the industry-leading pet health insurance provider, Trupanion offers a number of exclusive features:
  • 90% coverage minus your deductible and office visit/exam fee (which is considered your co-pay)
  • Payment up front – no waiting, no guesswork about coverage • No-hassle claims
  • Lifetime deduction coverage per condition
  • No waiting period when you obtain a 30-Day Free Trial Certificate at NW Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital

Boarding Update

In order to better focus our attention and space to our medical patients, we have decided to no longer offer boarding at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital. Please contact our office if you need a boarding recommendation. Based on you and your pet’s needs, we have many great options close by.

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