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Dealing with seasonal allergies is no fun at all. Though my symptoms are fairly mild compared to some, I still know how uncomfortable they can be. The itchy, watery eyes, stuffed up nose and sneezing make it difficult to enjoy the nicer weather that Spring and Summer bring. One thing I did not realize is that people aren’t the only ones to suffer from seasonal allergies. Animals get them too! Your pet dog may very well be allergic to the same weeds and pollen that you are allergic too. Dogs, however, will present their symptoms completely different than humans.
If your dog is having skin issues and you notice him/her scratching, shedding and having inflamed skin, it could very well be seasonal allergies. Dogs show their symptoms via their skin. A dog’s skin plays an important role in protection against environmental allergens. If their skin is dry or unhealthy, it’s easier for these allergens to be absorbed.
Here’s an informative infographic that explains more about seasonal allergies in dogs.
As you can see from the infographic, keeping a dog’s skin healthy is key. They need a skin barrier for protection and moisture which makes it much more difficult for environmental allergens to be absorbed. Protecting your dog from seasonal allergies is easier than you think. A high quality diet with a combination of nutrients like pantothenate (Vitamin B5), inositol (Vitamin B8), choline (organic compound, B complex vitamin) and histidine (essential amino acid) promotes a healthy skin barrier and reduces moisture loss in dogs. A good brand of dog food to try is Royal Canin.
It make sense though when you think about it. Diet plays an important role in keeping people healthy so why should it be any different for dogs?
If you notice signs of seasonal allergies in your dog (ie. swollen, red skin, lots of scratching, excessive paw licking), consider changing his/her diet and see if symptoms improve. Visit Pet Food Nutrition to learn more about the role nutrition plays in seasonal allergies in dogs. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #ItchyPetSeeYourVet