If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring?
If you said ALLERGIES, you have my sympathy. Yes, it’s that time of year again, when many of us are constantly sneezing and battling a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. But did you know that dogs can suffer from allergies too? In fact, dogs are allergic to many of the same things that we are, like mould, detergents, perfume, dust mites, and seasonal pollen from trees, grass, and weeds.
When we first brought this little bundle of fluff home, I read all the books I could find and surfed the internet trying to learn everything I could to provide her with a loving home and proper care. But at no point in my research did I learn about allergies. I had no clue that dogs could get allergies, and like most pet owners, I had no idea that the signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies are expressed differently in dogs than in humans.
Think ESP – Ears, Skin, Paws
Allergens are mostly absorbed through a dog’s skin instead of their respiratory system, so one of the most telling signs of seasonal allergies in dogs is itching and scratching. If your dog has smelly ears and itchy, red skin, or if he’s scratching himself, rubbing against objects, losing hair, or licking and chewing on his paws excessively, he might have allergies.
Certain breeds are more likely to suffer from allergies, so be extra aware if you have a Terrier, Setter, Retriever, or a flat-faced breed like a French Bulldog or Shar-pei.
An easy way to remember the signs is to think ESP – Ears, Skin, Paws! If you have concerns, check out this flowchart to help you figure out what might be going on with your canine companion.
If your dog is showing these symptoms, take him to your vet for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Treatment options include topical therapies, oral medications, soothing shampoos, desensitization (allergy shots/drops), and veterinary exclusive pet food like Royal Canin’s Skin Care and Skin Support Formulas designed to help manage environmental allergies and restore a healthy skin barrier.
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Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by Royal Canin. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own. Your experience may differ.