Before I was a dog owner I thought that seasonal allergies were just something that human friends went through. After all the only time I’d seen a dog sneeze was when they got their noses into something they shouldn’t have. I now know not only are allergies in dogs possible, it can be something very frustrating, and uncomfortable for dogs and their owners to go through. Not only that, but allergies in dogs can look very different then they do for us. Instead of sneezing and itchy watery eyes your pooch will likely have skin issues instead.
While allergies in dogs may not present the same way, dogs can still be allergic to many of the same allergens as humans, including mould, house dust mites, saliva from biting insects and tree, grass and weed pollens, according to Dr. Vincent Defalque, President of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.
If you are a pet owner you want to look for the following indications that your furry friend is suffering from seasonal allergies.
- Itching and scratching that may or may not include skin issues like redness.
- Dogs with seasonal allergies may be reluctant to have their ears handled.
- They may excessively chew on their paws.
An easy way to remember the signs is to think ESP: Ears, Skin, Paws. Dogs displaying any of these signs should be attended to by a veterinarian for a thorough exam and diagnosis.
“In dogs, allergens are mostly absorbed through the skin, not their respiratory system, so it’s veterinary dermatologists who are actually the allergists of the pet world,” says Dr. Alison Turcotte, a veterinarian with Royal Canin Canada. “In fact, skin issues are among the most common reasons dog owners seek support from their veterinarian.”
Veterinarians have a number of treatment options to both alleviate discomfort of the symptoms as well as address the underlying issue of seasonal allergies. These options can include: topical therapies, oral medications, soothing shampoos and desensitization (immunotherapy or allergy shots/drops) as well as veterinary exclusive pet food , like Royal Canin, specifically designed to address environmental allergies. Clinical research has shown that diets formulated specifically to address a dog’s environmental allergies, play a key role in restoring the skin barrier.
More information can be found at royalcanin.ca/itchypetseeyourvet or on Twitter by following @RoyalCaninCA or #ItchyPetSeeYourVet.
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