Apr 17, 2024 - News

Dog bless you

Illustration of a tissue box with the opening in the shape of a dog bone

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More pets in Texas, 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 60% increase in allergy claims for insured pets in Texas in 2023 compared to 2019, with the data growth adjusted and measured on a per 1,000 pet basis.

  • And 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.

💭 Our thought bubble: If Fido's eyes appear bleary, we recommend he imbibe a large mug of chamomile tea, take a long, hot shower, and pull up the duvet covers to binge-watch "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."


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