Allergy Issues. Allergic skin disease cited as #1 reason for visit to the veterinarian! Whether it’s due to pollen or molds, the spring, summer and fall can be rough seasons for those with allergies. That includes our pets as well. More than 20 million dogs and cats likely suffer from those allergies and will often be seen chewing, licking a for pet owners, having a pet with allergies can be a frustrating and often time-consuming issue. As their pets attempt to relieve the irritation, some can cause more damage to the skin and actually create skin infections and the oozing, hairless sores known as “hot spots”. Although many pets will suffer seasonal allergies like their owners, for others, it can be a year round battle.
Seasonal allergies are often caused by airborne substances, such as pollen and dust particles, but can also show up from grasses or other plants. Even the carpeting in our homes can cause issues for some pets. The well-known and always persistent flea is also another big problem for overly-sensitive dogs and cats. These pets are so aggravated by the flea’s saliva that they will create a flurry of chewing and scratching in an attempt to capture the tiny pest! Some pets, though, seem to suffer all year round with dry skin and itchiness. These pets may have a food allergy and may need to utilize a special diet that consists of novel protein sources and a single carbohydrate source in the recipe.
Although some medications may bring brief relief, there is no true cure for allergies. But, the good news is that your pet’s symptoms can be well-managed with a concerted effort between your family veterinarian and you, the pet owner. Your veterinarian can talk to you about potential therapies and may even recommend the services of a veterinary dermatologist. Dr. Carol Osborne has enjoyed success to relieve itching and allergies in dogs and cats using distilled water for drinking, a home cooked diet and a natural vitamin supplement called PAAWS, which boosts your pet’s internal immunity and relieves symptoms. Chlorpheramine Maleate, a mild anti-histamine is effective to initially stop itching; weekly organic oatmeal baths are very helpful as is a topical natural skin product called Dermalustre.