Spring time! ‘Tis the season for us humans to be fighting sneezing, itchy nose and/or throat, nasal congestion, runny nose and coughing. Did you know that our furry friends suffer as well? Their symptoms are a little different from ours.
“Dogs can 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,” says Dr. Vincent Defalque, President of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. “However, the reality is these allergies present themselves quite differently in dogs than in humans. That’s why it’s so important pet owners know the signs.”
Wondering what to be on the look out for? The sure sign your furry friend is suffering from seasonal allergies is itching and scratching. Most dogs suffering from seasonal allergies will not be happy with their ears being scratched, will have red skin or even chew their paws. An easy way to remember the signs is to think ESP; Ears, Skin, Paws.
Our older Border Collie, Charlie, had seasonal allergies. Every spring his chin and area surrounding his lower lip would get red and bumpy. We learned quickly with a visit to our vet how to help alleviate the itch. Our solution was easily taken care of and Charlie found relief of his Spring time allergies.
“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.”
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