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Archive for September 25th, 2016

Dogs and Fall Allergies

Sunday, September 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogsfallFall is here and as the season changes, humans as well as our best friends are subjected to allergies. My allergies bother me much worse in the fall than in the spring time. In fall, the dying plants can stir up irritants that can trigger allergies in both humans and dogs. fall can also bring mold which may or may not irritate your pet. It doesn’t matter what breed your dog is, allergies affect all breeds. Inhalant allergies are more common in flat face dogs like bulldogs.

According to Dr. Julie Horton, medical director at the ASPCA Adoption Center, the signs of allergies are most often exhibited by:

  • Scratching
  • Reddened skin or rash particularly on the stomach or paws
  • Excessive paw licking
  • Hair loss
  • Itchy red eyes
  • Ear infections.

According to Pet MD, Allergies can lead to severe, chronic and even painful conditions if left untreated. So make sure to take your dog to the vet if you suspect allergies. Pet medication will help. Do not administer any over the counter pet medication to your dog as they can have toxic affects.

Your ┬ávet may administer prescription shampoo to calm the skin. Some ways to avoid allergens are to clean and vacuum your house frequently. Clean you dog’s bed and blankets frequently.

f you suspect your house may have mold, have a professional out as soon as possible. Mold can be fatal!

I want to also thank iheartdogs.com for also providing some of this very valuable information.

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