Identifying Summer Allergies in Dogs
As the days get warmer and we begin to spend more time with our canine companions under the sun, summer allergies can become bothersome for our pals. Like humans, dogs can develop allergic reactions to various environmental triggers during the warm months. In this blog, we will discuss signs of summer allergies within dogs and things to add to their kibble to help them cope with their allergies.
When it comes to summer allergies in dogs, some common symptoms to look out for include:
- Excessive Itching and Scratching: If you notice your dog constantly scratching, licking, or biting their skin, it could be caused by allergies. Allergies can trigger inflammation and irritation, causing the skin to become red, inflamed, and develop rashes or sores. Dogs may scratch themselves vigorously, specifically in areas such as the paws, belly, ears, and face. Constant itching and scratching can disrupt a dog's daily activities, sleep patterns, and overall quality of life.
- Paw Licking and Chewing: Allergies can affect your dog's paws, resulting in excessive licking, chewing, or biting of the paws. Thus, redness, swelling, or the presence of sores can indicate an allergic reaction. Dogs may also try to scratch their paws using their teeth or nails, further exacerbating the issue.
- Sneezing and Coughing: Dogs with summer allergies may exhibit sneezing fits or coughing spells, similar to how humans react to allergens in the air. Sneezing is a reflexive response aimed at clearing the nasal passages, while coughing helps to expel irritants from the throat and lungs
There are a few things you can add to your dog's kibble to provide relief and support their immune system during summer allergies season, including:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation and promote healthy skin and coat. Our dry kibble products, such as Orchard, Ranch & Meadow, are packed with salmon oil that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Their anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce symptoms of summer allergies in dogs.
- Coconut: Can help suppress allergic reactions and contributes to healthier skin. Our Petzlove products contain dried coconut that is a nutritious addition to a dog's diet, providing fiber, healthy fats, and minerals.
- Probiotics: Helps support your dog's gut health and strengthens their immune system. They may help support allergy symptom relief and improve digestion. Look for dog-specific probiotic supplements or consult your vet for recommendations.
If you have observed these symptoms in your dogs, it is important to consult with your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan to manage your dog's allergies effectively. They can assess your dog's specific needs, provide proper guidance, and monitor their progress to ensure the best possible care for your furry companion.