Spring and summer: the sun is shining, the grass is green, leaves are back on the trees, kids in the pool, more outdoor activities... humidity, pollen flying through the air, bugs everywhere...
There are a lot of good things and bad things that come along with the warmer months. And, though skin conditions in pets are not exclusive to the spring and summer, they are certainly more common for many reasons.
Check out the infographic below to learn more about the top most common skin conditions in dogs and cats and their associated costs. (All costs listed are the average claim made to Trupanion pet insurance for that issue during 2013.)
Skin issues are expensive! But, something to remember: when dealing with skin problems or ear problems of any kind, DO NOT wait for them to get better on their own. Oftentimes, they will not improve and only get worse, which means the problem becomes more expensive and more difficult to treat.
And, show up for your recheck appointments! Even though your dog or cat may appear completely (or almost completely) back to normal- that does not mean more medications or antibiotics may be needed. Recurrence of skin and ear problems are common, and many times can be avoided when keeping your recheck appointment and starting on preventative medication after the problem is cleared.
In addition, keep your pets on year-round flea prevention. Flea allergies and secondary staph infections from itching are also commonly seen and 100% preventable.
Have more questions or concerned your pet may suffer from allergies? Give us a call at (513)553-9954 to speak with a staff member.
Sarah M. has been with Lifetime Pet Centers for over 12 years and practice manager for over three. She shares her home with a Coonhound that also has chronic grass allergies and knows how frustrating of a problem it can be.