We like to share a lot of information with you about allergies because they are so common in our pets. While food allergies are seen quite often another allergy peril to our loved ones also rears it's ugly head as we venture into the spring months. Allergens that are inhaled or caused with skin contact cause an allergic reaction known as atopy. While this is the most common allergy in dogs and cats it is often seasonal and if your pet is exhibiting the symptoms we discuss in this blog than they are reacting to the spring tree pollen that presents itself in April and May. We will also give you some pointers on how to help your pet find some relief.
According to Drs Foster and Smith these are the signs of atopy to look for:
- Chewing at the feet
- Constant licking of the flank (side) and groin area
- Rubbing of the face
- Inflamed ears or recurrent ear infections
- Recurrent hot spots in dogs and pinpoint facial scabbing in cats
- Asthma-like wheezing and respiratory problems (more likely in cats)
Some steps you can take to make environmental changes to avoid these allergens are keeping dogs out of fields, cutting the grass short, rinse dog off after periods in high grass and weeds, and keeping pets indoors during periods of high pollen season.
A practice that your pet will benefit from are at least weekly, if not biweekly bathing with an anti-itch shampoo.
Bio Groom Natural Oatmeal Shampoo, Tropiclean Oxy-med Medicated Shampoo or Comfy Dog oatmeal shampoo by Happy Tails are all great choices that your pup will be thanking you for. You can click on any of the images below to be taken to the Style Mutt store to learn more about these products or even place your order.
Also according to Drs Foster and Smith "Recently, new research has shown that certain fatty acids - the omega-3 fatty acids - are also very beneficial in the treatment of allergies in dogs and cats. Omega-3 fatty acids work in the skin to help reduce the amount and effects of histamine and other chemicals that are released in response to allergies." Consider adding these to your pet's regimen with some of the following:
Hope that this was some help to you, but if you have any further questions do not hesitate to stop into Style Mutt Dog Boutique to ask, or contact us via Facebook and get your answers without even needing to leave the house!