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It’s a fact that dog skin allergies are worse in the summer. With the heat comes a rise in the pollen levels that trigger allergic skin conditions in dogs.
Allergic dog itch leads to self-inflicted sores and subsequent infections. So while most people celebrate summer by visiting the beach, you’re off to the vet clinic. But, stopping that itch ramping up in the first place, keeps your pet comfortable, which is where PetPace can help.
DOGS AND SKIN ALLERGIES
For allergic dogs, allergens are inhaled or settle on the coat triggering an allergic reaction on dog skin. This results in an intense itch that the dog just has to scratch, lick, or gnaw.
Common symptoms of allergic skin conditions in dogs include:
- Red skin, rash
- Excessive licking or scratching
- Recurrent ear infections
- Patches of raised fur that make the dog look ‘bumpy’
- Itchiness, most commonly affecting the feet, face, ears, armpits or belly.
The trauma of scratching further damages the skin’s surface, leading to infection. Signs of this include a sticky, smelly discharge and angry looking skin.
COMMON CAUSES OF DOG ALLERGIES
Controlling dog skin allergies involves strategies such as:
- Washing allergens off the skin
- Controlling the level of yeast invaders on the skin’s surface
- Feeding a diet that strengthens the skin’s immune system
- Immunotherapy vaccines
- Medications such as steroids, oclanitib (Apoquel), cyclosporine (Atopica) and antihistamines
- Novel therapies such as Cytopoint injections.
PETPACE AND THE ALLERGIC DOG ITCH
Veterinary dermatologists use itchiness as a measure of treatment effectiveness. Indeed, increasing itchiness is a warning extra medication is needed. A timely dose increase can stop the allergy flaring up and means less medication in the long run.
PetPace monitors the dog’s activity level and postures patterns. Via the app you get a read out of your dog’s condition in real-time. It’s easy to see when the dog stops sleeping through the night and starts scratching or changing positions frequently.
Spotting this trend early allows for treatment adjustments that keep the lid on extreme itchiness. Ultimately this means a more comfortable dog and dodging those hefty spikes in drug dosages.