Seasonal Dog Dangers: Allergy Identification and Treatment
If you’re like most dog owners, you might see a spike in itching in your dog during the summer months. Adding to the list of summer dog dangers, our last few posts have covered other seasonal hazards, including dehydration and parasites. The intense heat and allergens in the air can stir up inflammation in your pet, but this irritation can be easily spotted and treated. In addition to understanding and mitigating these risks, the best way to protect your dog is to obtain a Canine Liability policy, regardless of breed or size, to give you and your dog the peace of mind you deserve.
What to look for.
Depending on where you live, your dog’s allergens can flare up all throughout the year. The warmer the climate, the more likely your dog will experience allergies, as this type of climate allows for plants and flowers to bloom year-round. Identify allergies from these symptoms:
- Lesions on the top or underside of paws
- Excess itching
- Ear infections
- Constant licking
While these allergies can be irritating, they are simple enough to treat. Consider the following options:
- Antihistamines – Over-the-counter medicine that people take can be given to dogs, as well. Consult with your veterinarian to determine which type of antihistamine and how much to give your dog.
- Fatty acids – Omega-3 fatty acid supplements like fish oil can help reinforce the skin’s barrier, reduce inflammation, and can be helpful for all types of allergies in addition to chronic issues including skin, joint and cardiac problems, explains Pet MD.
- Antibiotics – These can be given to a dog with extreme itching and discomfort that has caused a secondary skin infection.
During the summer, it’s important to consider your dog’s comfort and overall attitude. Remember, an uncomfortable dog, one that is not feeling well, or one that is suffering from scorched paw pads or dehydration might react adversely to an otherwise regular scenario.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.