It's that time of year when allergies start to hit. Spring is here and soon enough many of us will be suffering from itchy eyes, sniffing, and sneezing. My husband tends to suffer from it's effects more than I do and especially in the fall. It's no fun at all and it can really make you miserable.
Dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies too!
It never really occurred to me before that dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies as well. Unlike humans – who may suffer with itchy, watery eyes and sneezing – dogs tend to express their allergies through their skin. We have 2 dogs as you can see from the picture above. Kira is on the left and Kayla on the right. The dogs are a part of the family and their health is important to us. There have been times when Kira has seemed to be slightly itchier than normal. I didn't realize that it was possibly due to allergies. It wasn't excessive and I thought maybe her skin was just a bit dry. If you have dogs, you may want to pay closer attention to those times when something doesn't quite seem right. I know I will. They may very possibly have seasonal allergies!
An Ipsos Reid poll reveals that most Canadian dog owners don't recognize the signs of seasonal allergies in their own dogs because they mistakenly believe that the signs would be the same as in humans. Signs of seasonal allergies in dogs can include ear infections, red or irritated skin, and excessive scratching or chewing at their paws. To help you remember, THINK ESP: Ears, Skin, Paws. Our friends at Royal Canin have provided this fantastic info-graphic to help you recognize the signs of seasonal allergies in your dog.
If you think your dog has seasonal allergies you should't try to manage them on your own. Your veterinarian can prescribe a number of treatments to help provide relief. This includes a quality dog food, which can help the skin form a protective barrier against seasonal allergies and high fatty acid diets that can help to reduce inflammation. The right diet for your dog can help reduce your dog's need for medications such as steroids.
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