Dogs and Allergies:
Does Your Family Pet Have Signs of a Seasonal Environmental Allergy?
Spring and summer is seasonal allergy season for humans, but many pet owners do not realize that dogs can also suffer from seasonal environmental allergies.
Symptoms that Your Dog May Have a Seasonal Allergy
Instead of coughing and sneezing like humans, dogs often show signs of seasonal environmental allergies through their ears, skin and paws.
Take the ESP test to find out if your dog may have a seasonal environmental allergy.
A tell-tale sign of an allergic reaction in dogs is inflamed, red skin, ears that are sensitive to the touch as well as excessive paw licking, and scratching.
A Dog’s Skin Condition Can Affect Seasonal Environmental Allergies
Skin plays a vital role in protecting dogs from seasonal environmental allergens. Many of the particles that cause allergies are absorbed through a dog’s skin. This absorption can be increased and result in allergic reactions if the skin barrier is compromised.
How to Treat Seasonal Environmental Allergies with Nutrition
Proper nutrition can be very effective in helping prevent and treat a number of skin issues caused by environmental allergens. In a 2006 study by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, the combination of pantothenate (Vitamin B5), inositol (Vitamin B8), nicotinamide (Vitamin B3), choline (organic compound, B complex vitamin), and histidine (an essential amino acid) were all found to promote a healthy skin barrier by significantly reducing moisture loss in dogs after just nine weeks of feeding.
Additional Information About Dogs and Allergies
There are a number of additional resources on this site that can help you learn more about allergies in dogs:
- Pet allergies: An overview and outline of how the body reacts.
- The ESP Test: A quick check to see if your dog may have seasonal allergies.
- Environmental allergies: The signs and the risk factors as well as diagnosis and management.
- Food allergies in pets: Food intolerances and signs as well as diagnosis.
- NEW! Sherlock paws: Takes dog owners through the process of identifying the symptoms that may indicate your dog has a seasonal environmental allergy and those symptoms that may be signs of something else.
If you suspect your dog is suffering from a seasonal environmental allergy, contact your veterinary professional for a diagnosis. #ItchyPetSeeYourVet