PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Allergy season hits many hard and they are bad right now with so much blooming.

But did you know while you are coughing and sneezing, your pet could be suffering too?

[WATCH: Protecting your pets from allergies]

"Dogs get allergies in a similar way as people," says Dr. Josh Sosnow of North Scottsdale Animal Hospital.

Dogs and cats are exposed to the same dusts, molds and pollens that we are.

But how they react is different.

You won't see sneezing and runny eyes like you see on humans. But like humans, who get really itchy with their allergies, so do dogs and some cats.

"Their seasonal allergies tend to manifest in the skin, in the ears and in the paws rather than producing hay fever-like symptoms like people are used to," said Sosnow.

So for the animals, it's more of a skin allergy.

He says those allergic reactions can turn into some really nasty ear infections as a consequence and even skin infections.

How do you know if your dog or cat has allergies?

You'll see them licking at their paws, rubbing their face along the ground - they're trying to scratch that itch for treatment.

Dr. Sosnow says if you think your animal has allergies, take it to the vet.

Veterinarians can treat the allergy with injectable antibodies that knock out key chemicals that trigger the allergy response, oral medicine or topical products.

He says you no longer have to rely on antihistamines -- like Benedryl or steroids.

He says Benedryl only works about 20 to 30% of the time and recommends taking an allergy suffering animal to the vet.

 


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