Are you struggling with allergies right now?

If so, it's not a surprise. According to, the Tampa Bay area has some of the highest pollen counts in the country. It's also high for Oak, Juniper and Nettle.

It's easy to notice when we don't feel well, but have you noticed your pets acting differently. They can suffer from allergies too. The same allergens that affect us, also affect them.

They may show symptoms of increased itching, runny eyes and sneezing. But all that scratching can lead to secondary infections as well.

While you can relieve your symptoms with a nose spray, eye drops or antihistamines, you may not know how to safely help your pet.

First, consult your veterinarian before trying any home remedies that you aren't sure about. Second, your local groomer can often help treat those itchy symptoms with special baths and sprays.

Urban Tails in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa offers these treatments.

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