Would you recognize if your faithful canine companion has seasonal allergies? Many mistakenly believe that allergies present themselves the same in humans as it does in our pets. Our old dog Charlie suffered every spring with allergies. Charlie would develop a swollen reddish lip and would constantly lay on his back and do the itch dance. I learned from our vet that a change in diet could help Charlie with his allergies. I was skeptical but it did work. Charlie was suffering less and less. The added bonus of a healthy skin and coat was the amount of shedding had decreased. Charlie was a Border Collie so less shedding was noticeable! Many of the allergens that affect dogs are absorbed through the skin. A special formulated diet can create healthy skin and that means a healthy barrier from allergens.
In a recent Ipsos Reid poll of dog owners:
- 50% incorrectly believe that the signs of seasonal allergies are the same in both dogs and humans
- A further 27% could not identify any signs at all
- 45% do not know that a dog’s diet can have an impact on seasonal allergies
Some of the most common allergens in dogs are similar to us humans. We inhale allergens that result in itchy watery eyes and sneezing our dogs mainly absorb allergens through their skin resulting in irritated skin, paws and ears. The signs to watch for are chewing the paws, constant itching, itching the ears or excessive head shaking. Find out more on what to watch our for in your pups in the infograph below, by visiting www.royalcanin.ca/itchypetseeyourvet or on Twitter by following #itchypetseeyourvet.
~“Research has shown that certain diets, formulated specifically for environmental allergies, play a key role in increasing the skin’s ceramide production and helping form a protective barrier against allergies,” says Dr. Turcotte.~
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