July 12, 2018
Does your dog suffer from a Summer allergy?
Allergies in dogs are pretty much as common as they are in humans, and it's estimated that almost 20% of dogs can suffer from allergies.
Dog allergies can range from being annoying and uncomfortable all the way to very painful. Other types of allergy can cause itchiness and irritation.
On top of this, the unrelenting scratching and licking can contribute towards secondary infections, which can worsen symptoms even further.
There are three types of allergies:
Atopy is more of a summertime allergen:
Atopic Dermatitis is an environmental allergic reaction to certain substances like pollen, moulds, dust mites and even animal dander (skin or hair fragments). Somewhat like hay fever in humans. Dogs come into contact with the substance through inhalation or direct, and these allergies can be seasonal or all year around depending on the presence of the allergen. In most cases of atopic dermatitis, the allergens penetrate directly through the skin microscopically to bring out an itch response.Through a higher concentration of the substance (e.g. pollen in the air), the animals body will release excess histamine which then prompts the symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
Atopic allergies result in itchy skin, the most common signs of allergy presence are scratching/chewing of armpits, between hind legs and their face or ears.
How can this be treated?
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