Apr 2, 2024 - News

πŸ• Colorado sees uptick in pet allergy claims

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

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More pets in Colorado, 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 reported a 33% increase in allergy claims in Colorado in 2023 compared to 2019, with the data measured on a per-1,000-pet basis.

  • That's slightly lower than the U.S. average (45%). Florida had the highest increase (73%) in the country.

The intrigue: The upward trend for allergy claims in Colorado coincides with a spike in a highly contagious respiratory illness that affected hundreds of dogs last year, though it's beginning to decline this year.

  • The illness led to dogs being hospitalized with symptoms including coughing and sneezing.

Between the lines: Nationwide says allergies top the list of health conditions that prompt vet visits.

  • Allergy drugs Apoquel and Cytopoint have been used to treat 20 million dogs in total since they were released in 2013 and 2018, respectively, according to parent company Zoetis.

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