While eczema is extremely common in humans, it is also capable of affecting pets. However, most vets will refer to the condition by the name of “atopic dermatitis.”
After a long and cold winter, most people and their pets are eager for the warmer weather and longer days of spring. But if you have a pet with seasonal allergies, you might feel the exact opposite! Helping a pup manage springtime allergies can be challenging—you’d do almost anything to save them from the scratching, licking, sneezing and inflammation that atopic dermatitis can cause.
During the winter months, pet owners and pets tend to stay inside more, away from the cold and snowy conditions outside. If you live in a cold climate and your pet experiences allergies, you’ll probably be relieved that the grass and leaves have died, and that pollen won’t resurface until spring.
When we eat, our bodies break down food using a number of enzymes and microorganisms to extract nutrients. From there, the nutrients are absorbed by the body and transported for use in a wide range of bodily processes to keep us healthy. Without these macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, our bodies would not be able to function.
As dog owners, we might not always notice when something is going wrong on our dog’s skin, especially when it’s concealed behind a leg or hidden by fur. But we are prone to noticing when our dogs will not leave a section of their bodies alone—licking, biting and scratching over and over.
Cat owners are intimately familiar with hairballs. While not every pet will experience hairballs at the same frequency as others (particularly those with long hair), most cats will have at least one throughout their lives.
Allergies are one of the top causes of veterinary visits for dogs. Between environmental allergies, food allergies and allergies from flea bites, dogs are at risk of developing an uncomfortable group of symptoms that can be difficult to pinpoint.
Around this time of year, spring blooms are in full swing, windows are open, and more people are enjoying the fresh air. Unfortunately, this also means seasonal allergies are more common, in both people and their pets.
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