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Why your smoking habit is seriously harming your pet

Smoking is known to be bad for people, but have we been neglecting its effects on our pets’ health? According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pets are in more danger than smokers realize.

“If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed at the same time,” FDA veterinarian Carmela Stamper, D.V. M, said in an FDA consumer update.

10 benefits having a dog

A dog is definitely a man’s best friend. As dog-lovers, every day we realize how our four-legged kids fill our lives with companionship and entertainment. But what few of us are aware of is that dogs have that extraordinary power to make us healthier.
Here are 10 surprising health benefits of having a dog:
1. Keeps you safe from allergies and eczema:
Contrary to the myth that dog fur triggers an allergy, researchers have found that living with dogs make your immune system stronger thereby keeping various allergies and eczema at bay.
In his research, University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern found having a pet at home lowers the risk of developing allergies in children by 33%.

Itchy Dog? Spring means allergy season for pets, too

It seems like everyone and their dog is being driven crazy by allergies this time of the year.

Heavy rainfall over the past two months has created the perfect conditions for common allergens like molds to spread over San Antonio. Humans try to cope with the usual allergy symptoms, but they may not realize their four-legged companions are suffering right alongside them.

“We have seen quite a lot of animals that I suspect do have environmental allergies,” said Hunter Schrank, an associate veterinarian at the Eagle Veterinary Hospital in Olmos Park. “Is that pertaining directly to the weather? There’s a very good chance of that.”

Knowing Your Allergies Is the First Step to Feeling Better

If you get seasonal sniffles, you probably assume you have hay fever or some kind of allergy. But if over-the-counter medications aren’t getting the job done, it might be time to have some test done.

Find out exactly what you are allergic to, so you can be more precise in your treatment plan.

If you are prone to allergies, your doctor may refer you to an allergist for testing to find out exactly what you are allergic to. An allergist is a specialist with extra training to diagnose and treat allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders.

Allergies to dogs

Thankfully, the days are gone when an allergic person was told to "just get rid of the dog." Doctors now realize that many people would rather endure a little sniffling than live without a dog, and they can work with you to minimize your symptoms.

That said, breathing is underrated until you can't do it. If your allergies are significant enough to set off a life-threatening asthma attack, you may be better off with a pet fish or turtle. But if your allergies aren't that bad, you can still have (and enjoy) a canine pal.