A dog owner has taken to Facebook to share a list of signs that her dog is potentially allergic to felines.
The list includes paw prints, swollen eyes, a swollen tongue, and a lump in the neck.
The signs can be confirmed using a skin test, and can be sent in for an MRI.
However, the symptoms are very similar to what can be found in cats.
“We have a dog, a male Labrador retriever mix named Paddy, that has a history of getting his paws stuck in windows and even on his own skin.
The paw prints are a little swollen, and the eyes are a bit swollen, but it’s not like the dog has a major allergic reaction to cats,” said Laura.
The owner, Laura, said Paddy is not allergic to people and he’s not afraid of people, but said he does like cats.
She said she’s tried to treat Paddy with corticosteroids but it hasn’t worked, so she’s decided to post the list on Facebook to warn other dog owners.
“The list is just a bit of advice,” she said.
Laura said she had been trying to get Paddy to try out for a racing team but that it had been too difficult.
“I’ve tried to get him to try it for the racing team, but he’s never raced in his life, he’s only ever been in the track, so I’m really concerned about that,” she told Newsbeat.
“What I have found is that Paddy likes people, and when people are around him, he does react really well.”
Paddy has been diagnosed with canine distemper, which is an immune-related illness.
It’s also known as a cold sore, a cough and wheezing, and has been linked to the coronavirus.
Laura believes Paddy’s symptoms are related to allergies, and said she would consider a vaccine if Paddy got a new cat.
“If I have to vaccinate him, I would get him vaccinated and put it in the freezer for a while and see if it works, and then maybe get him a new one when he gets a new dog,” she added.
Laura is not sure if PADDY will be getting the vaccine, but added she was happy to have someone else’s pet to take him out on a ride.
“This was a great option for me, because I know that he’s a big, big dog,” Laura said.
“My only fear is that he might get really ill.
That’s a fear that I have.
I don’t want to be in the position of vaccinating him.
It would be the worst thing that could happen.”