Apr 3, 2024 - News

More dogs are being treated for allergies

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Kristal here. By now, most of y'all know my dog Hannah suffers from allergies, both seasonal and environmental.

  • So imagine my (non)surprise when learning that more pets in Georgia, particularly dogs, are being treated for itchy skin and allergies.

Why it matters: Seasonal allergies can be terribly uncomfortable for furry friends, and they can snowball into secondary issues, including skin infections.

By the numbers: Pet insurance company Trupanion reports a 22% increase in allergy claims for insured pets in Georgia in 2023 compared to 2019, with the data growth adjusted and measured on a per 1,000 pet basis.

  • Insurer Nationwide says allergies top the list of health conditions that prompt vet visits.

What they're saying: It's hard to say whether allergies are indeed more prevalent or whether we're just "better at finding it and our pet owners better at seeking treatment," says American Veterinary Medical Association president Rena Carlson.

The bottom line: If you suspect your pet has allergies, take them to the vet immediately, Carlson says.

📬 Does your dog have allergies? How do you manage their symptoms? Hit reply, and tell us!

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