Dogs with indoor allergies, such as those allergic to dust mites, insects and other allergens within your home, may become worse in the winter as they spend more time indoors. Pets may manifest these allergies by scratching or developing skin and ear infections that need to be treated by your veterinarian. Medicated shampoos, conditioners and flushes can alleviate some itching while also helping to treat infections. In addition, oral antibiotics or antifungal medications may be needed. Severe allergies may need to be treated with allergy shots or oral anti-inflammatory medications. Pet supplements rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as DermaPet's Eicosaderm
can also help to maintain a pet's healthy skin when exposed to high allergen levels. Your veterinarian can prescribe the correct combination of medications, shampoos, supplements, etc. to keep Fluffy comfortable and treat his allergies and resultant skin problems. See a link to DermaPet's Otics and Flushes.
Finally, humidifiers can be especially helpful in homes with forced-hot air heating systems, which tend to be especially drying to a pet's skin.
Spring is right around the corner. Cuddle with your pets to stay warm!
Author: Jessica Melman, VMD