Ahhh, Fall. Time for crisp air, cooler breezes, colorful changing landscapes and fun outdoor adventures with our pets… and itchy skin, rashes, and allergies. Ugh. Way to put a damper on the change of seasons!
Just like many of us humans, our pets can have reactions to the seasonal changes in autumn, which can bring about flare ups in allergies or skin reactions like atopic dermatitis. Some plants are peaking in the Fall, like ragweed, goldenrod, and sagebrush which means more pollen floating through the air and landing on surfaces. At the same time, other plants are decaying, and leaves are falling, all doing their best to create mold and mildew. And let’s not forget those pests, fleas. They are active all year round.
As your pup happily romps along with you on your walks and hikes, or gleefully jumps in a pile of leaves or ecstatically rolls in all that great crunchy pile of leaves and grass, they are unknowingly making themselves available for discomfort, especially those who may already be susceptible to allergies or have sensitive skin. They can have similar reactions like we do with watery eyes and a runny nose, or just start itching – especially around their feet, groin, belly and under their legs (can we call them armpits on dogs?).
Luckily there are a few things you can do to help your pet keep feeling great and keep enjoying every day. After an outing where they’ve been especially deep into flora and fauna, it is great to give them a bath with a soothing wash like Silver Honey® Rapid Skin Relief Medicated Shampoo to remove the allergens or pollen from their fur and skin. Silver Honey® quickly soothes itchy irritated skin, hydrates, and is anti-fungal and antimicrobial to treat any bacteria or fungus that’s trying to linger. It only needs to stay on the skin for five minutes to help soothe and is safe enough to use as often as needed.
If your adventurous (or backyard lounging) pet starts scratching at a bite or sore and creates a rash or hot spot, treat and heal that area quickly with Silver Honey® Hot Spot & Wound Care and they’ll be comfortable and happy again in no time and ready for that next game of “find the stick in the leaves”.
Giving your pet TLC topically isn’t all you can do. A great option for ongoing skin & coat care is to help support your pup’s health from the inside out with The Missing Link® Skin & Coat powder supplement. Easy to add to their existing diet (and tasty too!) the supplement is packed full of nutrients often missing from their regular food, including a healthy balance of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids to support healthy skin and a glossy coat, Biotin to calm and soothe sensitive skin, and Vitamin-E to help nourish and protect the skin. Plus probiotics to help your pet’s body absorb all those great nutrients. A scoop a day, and you are going a long way to not only helping them look great, but feel great too – no matter what the seasons throw our way.
With just a few easy steps (and great bonding opportunities!), you can help your pet feel great, look amazing, and be ready to romp, roll, or snuggle all the way through winter.