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Learn the Signs of Seasonal Allergies in Dogs #ItchyPetSeeYourVet

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Do you have pets at your house? We don’t currently…but there is one very cute four-year-old here who is BEGGING for a dog. He is whining about it, growling about it, looking at me with big, brown eyes and willing me to shout, “Yes! We NEED a dog!”

symptoms of seasonal dog allergies

It all started with a recent visit to my Mom’s house where there are two new puppies. Ohmyword! Is there anything cuter than soft, wiggly little puppies? Sam was smitten. Mike and I were smitten. Sam happily played with the puppies the entire weekend. If one of the puppies hadn’t had an accident in the middle of the floor, Mike and I would probably be dog parents today. However, that visual reminded me why we are not looking for a dog right now!

While we were at Mom’s one of the puppies kept chewing on her feet. We thought maybe she was just grooming herself, but since she kept doing it, Mom finally took her to the vet. It turns out that excessive chewing on the paws is actually a sign of seasonal allergies. The vet told mom that there are three telltale signs of seasonal allergies in dogs: 1) ear infections (dogs don’t like to have their ears touched); 2) itchy or red, swollen skin; and 3) excessively chewing on paws. To help remember the signs, the vet said “think of ESP: ears, skin, paws”.

seasonal allergies in dogs

Of course Mom felt bad that the puppy wasn’t feeling her best, and she was glad she hadn’t waited to get to the vet.  The vet reassured Mom that she’d done the right thing to bring the puppy in because pet owners shouldn’t try to manage the allergies on their own. Vet expertise can quickly diagnose and help alleviate pet discomfort with several treatment options.  Healthy skin plays a vital role in protecting dogs from the seasonal allergies that are absorbed through their skin. A quality dog food is a relatively easy fix in many instances. The right food will help the skin form a protective barrier against seasonal allergies. High fatty acid diets help reduce inflammation, too.  The right diet can reduce the need to use meds—like steroids.

According to a recent Ipsos Reid poll, the majority of Canadians can’t recognize the signs of seasonal allergies in their own dogs. 50% of the polled respondents incorrectly believe that signs of seasonal allergies are the same in both dogs and humans.  A further 27% could not identify any allergy signs at all.  When knowing what to do to help a beloved pet live a long, healthy life would make a huge difference, that’s a sad statistic! Remember “ESP” and get the word out by sharing your story on Twitter using the hashtag  #ItchyPetSeeYourVet.


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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.