Research published in the September issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology indicates that increasing global temperatures and carbon dioxide levels are causing longer ragweed seasons and more concentrated pollen counts. And if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you probably didn’t need a study to tell you that. However, the longer pollen season could also impact the patients you see every day at your veterinary practice. Canine atopic dermatitis—most often caused by plants, grasses, weeds and also dust or mold—leaves dogs itchy and uncomfortable.
So during what feels like a never-ending, especially bad allergy season, be diligent in spotting the warning signs of an atopic problem like red skin, rashes, and irritated ears and educate clients so they can also be on the lookout.
To help clients with the home care of their pets with allergies, click here for a handout, “Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy: 4 Easy Steps for Home Administration.” And for information about cyclosporine and how it treats inflammatory skin diseases, click here.