All of this year's rain could be the source of your pet's allergies.
UT Veterinary Dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth R. May said she has seen more small animals suffer from itchiness this summer.
"We just seem to be seeing a number of patients that we're having more difficulty controlling, animals that have been well controlled in the past," she said. "And, so we sort of attribute it to the allergen load this year."
May said all of the moisture, combined with the natural warmth of summer, has made conditions favorable for the production of certain types of allergens.
"Some of the allergies that we see directly related to moisture are going to be house dust mite allergies, those are mites that live indoors with us, their population increases with high moisture," she said. "The mold count's definitely increased. We believe those are a problem in dogs and cats as well."
May said dogs and cats rarely sneeze or cough like humans. She said you can tell a pet has an allergy if it suffers from an itchy ear, continuously shakes its head or lifts its feet off the ground.
May said you can help your pet, and reduce the chances of receiving allergies from them, by wiping them down when they come in from outside. She also said you should give them frequent baths.