An allergic reaction is one in which an individual reacts to a normal substance in the environment. These substances are called allergens and include pollens, molds, animal hair, dust, fleas, foods, and more. Allergens cause reactions through skin contact, inhalation, or ingestion. Allergic animals possess antibodies to the specific allergens. These antibodies cause biochemical changes in the body which produce allergy symptoms such as skin irritations with intense itching, respiratory distress, feet licking, chewing, face rubbing, vomiting, diarrhea, or repeat ear infections to name a few. Identifying the problem at its source will treat today’s issues and prevent tomorrow’s.