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Did you know that there are many different reasons that your cat or dog could be scratching a lot and they don’t all have to do with fleas? In fact many have absolutely nothing to do with fleas. Our dogs and cats can have seasonal allergies just like people! As it turns out both of our dogs get quite itchy and neither of them had fleas or ticks, we’re very diligent in ensuring they’re protected from fleas and ticks.
Our girl Luna
After bringing both of our dogs to our veterinarian we learned that they can both be affected by season allergies. What helps our dogs is to wash them with certain gentle shampoos recommended by our vet AND having them eat only certain pet foods. Both of these together have made a world of difference to our dogs, now they’re not scratching all of the time, which must have been so uncomfortable for them. We all know what it’s like to get that itch that just won’t go away.
DID YOU KNOW?
Royal Canin has launched a public awareness campaign to help educate Canadians about seasonal allergies in their dogs. Research has shown the majority of Canadian dog owners are unaware that the signs of seasonal allergies in humans are different than in dogs — something the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology wants to see change.
“Dogs can be allergic to many of the same allergens as humans, including mould, house dust mites, saliva from biting insects and tree, grass and weed pollens,” says Dr. Vincent Defalque, President of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. “However, the reality is these allergies present themselves quite differently in dogs than in humans. That’s why it’s so important pet owners know the signs.”
Signs to look for that your dog/s have seasonal allergies:
- Dogs are itching and scratching a lot
- Dogs with seasonal allergies will be reluctant to have their ears handled
- Have itchy, red skin or excessively chew on their paws
- An easy way to remember the signs is to think ESP: Ears, Skin, Paws
If your dog/s are displaying any of these signs you should have them check out by your veterinarian.
Our dog Little Zeus (LZ)
There are options you can be informed of by your veterinarian to help your favorite canine be more comfortable not be scratching all of the time:
- Topical therapies
- Oral medications
- Soothing shampoos and desensitization (immunotherapy or allergy shots/drops)
- Veterinary exclusive pet food specifically designed to address environmental allergies.
Clinical research has shown that diets formulated specifically to address a dog’s environmental allergies play a key role in restoring the skin barrier.
More information can be found at #ItchyPetSeeYourVet or on Twitter by following @RoyalCaninCA or #ItchyPetSeeYourVet.
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