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itching for fall

Autumn is actually the peak time for ragweed and mold spores, which are common allergens for two and four-leggers alike. If your pet is prone to allergies, follow these tips to avoid potential fall flare-ups:

• Mold thrives in decaying vegetation, such as leaves. Once you’ve raked all the leaves from your yard into piles, be sure to bag them up to avoid mold growth.

• If your pet is sensitive to allergens, avoid or limit outdoor playtime, especially among the leaves. A good time for outdoor play is after a rainfall.

• Bump up the number of baths your pet gets during her peak allergy season. Twice weekly bathing can keep allergen levels down. Using soothing shampoos and crème rinses will help quiet irritated skin.

• Fleas and ticks can contribute to itchy skin. Be sure to use a monthly preventative, such as Frontline®, regularly.

• Add omega-3 fatty acids to your pet’s diet. In addition to contributing to healthy skin, they can be beneficial to your pet’s joints and cognitive function.

If your pet’s itch can’t be easily scratched, visit your veterinarian. Oral antihistamines or steroids may be necessary. For persistent seasonal allergies, consider having your pet tested to determine the source of the trouble.

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