Spring: Bliss or Misery?
Article courtesy Memorial Beach Veterinary Hospital
What a welcome relief the fine winter and spring rains have
brought! Our reservoirs are full and we can look forward to a lush
and abundant spring. For many of us, this is a favorite time of
year. Many, however, will suffer from dreaded seasonal allergies
that resultant pollens will produce.
Our dogs also suffer from seasonal allergies but only rarely
exhibit the same symptoms as humans. Like humans, the propensity
for allergies seems to be inherited. Any dog can develop them but
purebreds, in particular the smaller breeds like terriers, seem to
be over-represented in this unfortunate group. The medical term for
seasonal allergies is atopy. Rather than sneezes and sniffles,
atopy in our dogs causes itchy skin, driving them to chew, scratch,
and lick at themselves. Chewing or licking on their paws or rubbing
the face and scratching the ears are classic symptoms of atopy.
Dogs can attack the itchy areas so much that they cause sores, fur
loss, and secondary infections.
There is no cure for atopy but dogs can usually be made
comfortable. Controlling symptoms normally involves combined
therapies where multiple medications or modalites are utilized.
Nonsedating antihistamines, medicated shampoos and rinses, spray-on
medications, and more are all part of effective therapies available
to us. Allergy testing and immune therapy can also be
Since every dog is different and what may work in one pet will
not necessarily work in another, it is important to work very
closely with your veterinarian. This is especially true in the
beginning when trying to find out what works best for your pet.
When seasonal allergies bother your dog, let Memorial Beach
Veterinary Hospital help you find the relief that works for his
Memorial Beach Vet Hospital:
Chick Warner DVM
Patricia Humphrey DVM
Martha Shafer DVM
Cheryl Dell DVM
Memorial Beach Veterinary Hospital
15 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-6916 (Office)
(707) 433-2752 (Boarding Hotline)
Mon - Thurs & Sat: 8:30am - 5pm
Fri: 9:30am - 5pm
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