Did you know that your pets can have seasonal allergies?
Even though I myself suffer from seasonal allergies I didn’t realize until recently that our furry friends could also be susceptible to them. Our favourite canines could be scratching a lot for a reason as their skin plays a big role in protecting them from environmental allergens. So if their sensitive and have an allergic reaction their skin barrier is compromised.
We personally started to do some research when we heard about seasonal allergies as our chihuahua Little Zeus pictured above has been scratching constantly all summer. We thought it was fleas at first but we’ve consistently had him on flea medication yet the scratching continued. As you can see below in the picture he has a little spot with no fur that was red for a while but is healing now. We now think he has seasonal allergies that has resulted in a skin issue.
So what should you do if your dog is excessively scratching or has inflamed, red skin, ears that are sensitive to the touch as well as excessive paw licking which are all possible signs of an allergic reaction? You go see a veterinary professional of course. That’s what we’ve done and the preliminary results for Little Zeus are that we have to change his diet. Yep nutrients are key to have a healthy skin barrier and reduce moisture loss. We’re going for a follow up with our Little Zeus’ vet for more details as they just want to make sure that’s what it is. Already though we’ve seen less scratching just by switching foods and with a few more changes from our vet’s recommendation I’m thinking we’re going to see a significant improvement.
Check out this wonderful infographic on seasonal allergies for dogs. You can also take the ESP test (no not that kind) to see if your dog may have a seasonal environmental allergy HERE. After all we don’t want our favourite pooches to suffer from itching and more so check it out and if you’re worried go see your vet 🙂
So what do you do if