I’m not sure why, but I developed allergies after the birth of my son. I still don’t know what I’m allergic to but I can tell when allergies strike with the sneezing, hives and swollen eyes. Did you know that dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies too? Detecting seasonal allergies in dogs is much different than how you detect them in humans. Does your dog scratch his skin a lot? Is he shedding more than usual? Does he lick his paws a lot? These could all be signs of seasonal allergies. Recognizing the signs early can help protect your dog from being uncomfortable. Here is an infographic that can help you detect signs of a seasonal allergy in your dog.
Treating & Preventing Seasonal Allergies in Dogs:
In dogs, moisture is a key component in healthy skin. In 2006, the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition conducted research on 27 nutrients to determine which ones performed best in promoting a healthy skin barrier with reduced moisture loss. 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 found to promote a healthy skin barrier by significantly reducing moisture loss in dogs after just nine weeks.
Wondering how you give these nutrients to your dog? This is where a visit to your friendly veterinarian can help! Your veterinarian can recommend a high quality diet that contains these nutrients. Proper dog food nutrition can be very effective to help prevent, and even help treat, a number of skin issues caused by environmental allergens.
You can read more about seasonal allergies in dogs plus prevention and treatments through this link. We also welcome you to share your stories on Twitter using the hashtag #ItchyPetSeeYourVet.
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