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Allergies and dogs

Allergies can be an overwhelming nuisance for all types of people throughout the world. However, the notion that only humans are affected by allergies is a common misconception. Today we will focus on man’s best friend: yeah that’s right. Even your household pets are affected by airborne allergies.

Canine Atopy is when dogs are exposed to airborne allergies or inhalant allergies and have adverse reactions. While you may think that dogs are used to outdoor environments and that Canine Atopy is a very rare diagnosis, you would be surprised to know that it’s actually more common than you think.

Canine Atopy is the most common form of dog allergy and affects an estimated 10% of all dogs. Atopy typically begins in dogs 1-3 years of age. They may start as late as age six or eight, but over 80% of dogs that have this condition have gotten it at an earlier age. To make matters worse, as the animal ages, he/she usually develops allergies to other things and the response to any one allergen can becomes more severe.

Allergens are generally inhaled through the respiratory tract, but can also be absorbed through skin or the gastrointestinal tract. Sources of allergies range from

• Grass
• Pollen
• Dust
• Mold
• Pollution
• Fabrics

These airborne allergens can be inhaled and then attached to hypersensitive cells in the body causing inflammation that may lead to conditions similar to hay fever in humans. Dog allergies can even be a lot more aggressive and severe. Symptoms can range from runny nose, mild fever, sneezing, coughing, chewing of feet, and even ear infections. The severity is due to the vast amount of receptors in their nasal passages and more nerve endings.

Severe itching and other complications due to canine atopy was the 2nd most common reason VPI pet insurance policyholders took their dogs to the veterinarian last year.

Usually allergies can occur seasonally. Most signs appear in late summer and fall. But there are cases when it can gradually continue through to March and April, May, June and early July and then it can become a year round nuisance. Veterinarians treat the allergies with shots and medication, but as time go on – the severity of the allergies progress, and you end up spending hundreds of dollars a year. The most effective long-term solution is to change the dog’s living circumstances to avoid allergens.

Save money and trips to the vet. Start living PURE in allergy resistant rooms. Your pets, family, and bank account will thank you for it.