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Sunridge Veterinary Clinic

SEASONAL ALLERGIES IN PETS

During the spring and summer months, we see an increase in the amount of owners complaining about pets with itchy skin. Environmental allergies in pets can present in several different ways but we most commonly see them present as itchy skin, ears and/or paws. The following information was taken from the website www.petfoodnutrition.com. It will help you to determine whether or not your pet is suffering from seasonal allergies.

Does your dog have seasonal environmental allergies? 

Like humans, dogs can be allergic to ragweed, grass, pollens, molds and dust mites. Humans’ seasonal environmental allergies are typically identified by sneezing, running nose, and red irritated watery eyes but when a dog is affected by seasonal environmental allergies the typical symptoms are much different.

What are the signs of seasonal environmental allergies in dogs?

The ESP Test – which stands for Ears, Skin and Paws – is a simple check you can do to determine if your dog is showing symptoms of seasonal environmental allergies.

Ears: See your vet if there’s a strong odour or discharge coming from your dog’s ears, or if it has recurring ear infections. Pawing at its ears or shaking its head may also be signs.

Skin: See your vet if you notice that your dog is itching and scratching, rubbing against furniture to get relief or obsessively grooming. Hair loss, skin lesions and redness are also symptoms.

Paws: See your vet if your dog is excessively chewing at its paws or grooming to the point of removing fur. In fact, itchy paws may be the sign of an allergy – maybe even to the same pollen you are allergic to. Other symptoms include paw discolouration from licking or red/sore paws.

The good news is you can support healthy skin through proper nutrition. There are diets available to help support seasonal environmental allergies and other allergies. The goal of these diets is to increase ceramide production in the skin to create a strong skin barrier. A stronger, healthier skin barrier can reduce the absorption of allergens.

Tell us: Is your dog showing symptoms of seasonal environmental allergies? #ItchyPetSeeYourVet

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