We absolutely adore our Labaradoodle, Lola. We spend as much time as we can with her and she is allowed to be just about anywhere in the house. As you can see from the picture above, she is an integral part of our family. We got a labradoodle because I knew that pet dander was affecting me. We wanted to keep those allergens at bay. I have to admit, every once in a while she randomly sneezes and I always wondered whether or not she had allergies like most of my family.
I have a family that is riddled with allergies. Every year my husband and two daughters go to see the allergist and get a set of shots to help them deal with seasonal allergies. It is no easy task as there is pre-ordering (you have to make sure that you order the batches in time) and then you need to schedule weekly doctor’s visits for the shots. All in all it is part of our family life with allergies. They are affected by pollen, grass, trees and ragweed. Spring tends to be a season when we have to purchase a lot of tissues. I have an allergy to cats and my son has allergies to most trees. It is a stressful time of year. I was recently asked to help spread the word about seasonal allergies affecting our pets and I was happy to do it. Why? Because I have to say, I did not know that your pets could get allergies too. Research has shown the majority of Canadian dog owners are unaware that the signs of seasonal allergies in humans are different than in dogs — something the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology wants to see change. Did you know that our pets can suffer just as much as we can?
I know my family is dealing with allergies when the sneezing, itching and runny noses start appearing in our everyday lives. Dogs can be allergic to many of the same allergens as humans beings, including mould spores, birch, meadow grass, house dust mites, fleas, saliva from biting insects as well as tree, grass and weed pollen. Did you know that the symptoms that they display are extremely different? One of the most telling signs of seasonal allergies in dogs is itching and scratching. Dogs with seasonal allergies will be reluctant to have their ears handled, may scratch a lot, have itchy, red skin or excessively chew on their paws. You can see below that pet owners should be looking for different signs that will affect their ears, skin and paws.
I was amazed to hear recently on the radio that we are now finding ticks here in Ontario. Different regions have different allergens that can affect both humans and pets. Below is a infographic that may help you understand what allergens you may have in your region. It may help you with coping with your pet. Veterinarians have a number of treatment options to both alleviate discomfort of the symptoms as well as address the underlying issue of seasonal allergies. These options can include: topical therapies, oral medications, soothing shampoos and desensitization (immunotherapy or allergy shots/drops) as well as veterinary exclusive pet food specifically designed to address environmental allergies.
More information can be found at royalcanin.ca/itchypetseeyourvet or on Twitter by following @RoyalCaninCA or #ItchyPetSeeYourVet.
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Disclosure: This giveaway and post was sponsored by Royal Canine Canada. I am happy to work with them to create greater awareness of seasonal allergies for pets. Please note that this giveaway is only open to Canadian Residents.