GUELPH, ON, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Spring and summer is allergy season for humans, but many people may not realize that dogs can also suffer from environmental allergies this time of year. Instead of coughing and sneezing, dogs often show signs of seasonal allergies through their skin - scratching, shedding, poor coat, and inflamed skin.
Unfortunately, skin issues can also be challenging to resolve and be a source of frustration for pet owners dealing with their pet's discomfort. "The second most common reason for Canadians to visit their veterinarian is to resolve their dog's skin issues," says Dr. Bob Clement, a veterinary expert at Royal Canin Canada. "Skin plays a vital role in protecting dogs from environmental allergies because many of the particles that cause allergies are actually absorbed through a dog's skin - particularly if the skin is dry or unhealthy."
Moisture is a key component in healthy skin. In 2006, the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition conducted research on 27 nutrients to determine which ones performed best in promoting a healthy skin barrier with reduced moisture loss. The combination of pantothenate (Vitamin B5), inositol (Vitamin B8), nicotinamide (Vitamin B3), choline (organic compound, B complex vitamin), and histidine (an essential amino acid) were found to promote a healthy skin barrier by significantly reducing moisture loss in dogs after just nine weeks.
&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;#8220;That barrier is key. If it is compromised, environmental allergens are more readily absorbed and can result in allergic reactions that many pet owners may not recognize,&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;#8221; says Clement. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;#8220;A tell-tale sign of an allergic reaction in dogs is swollen, red skin, but also look for excessive paw licking, reluctance to