How to Manage Summer Allergies in Dogs – the Role of Omega 3s

Written by Tara Evans

Tara started her dream career in a mixed animal practice in Sussex in 2003. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2006 and continued to work in first opinion practice until she joined the Vita team in 2018. Her passion for the care and welfare of animals continues and couldn’t turn her back on veterinary nursing completely so continues to work regular shifts at a local first opinion practice.


How to Manage Summer Allergies in Dogs – the Role of Omega 3s

As summer slowly starts to set in, it brings along a range of challenges for our four-legged friends, particularly in the form of skin conditions and allergies. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from various skin issues, and summer allergies are among the most common culprits. Fortunately, there is a natural solution that can help alleviate these discomforts – Omega-3 supplements. In this blog, we’ll explore the impact of summer allergies on canine skin health and delve into how Omega-3 supplements can play a vital role in improving your dog’s well-being during the hot summer months.

What causes summer allergies in dogs?

Summer allergies in dogs can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as pollen, grass, fleas, mites, or even certain foods. When exposed to these allergens, dogs may experience itching, redness, rashes, ‘hot spots’ or even hair loss. Frequent scratching and biting can lead to skin irritation, which may worsen if left untreated. The increased heat and humidity during the summer months can exacerbate these issues, making it essential for pet owners to take proactive measures to mitigate the effects of allergies on their dogs.

Why does my dog need Omega 3s?

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are essential nutrients known for their numerous health benefits in both humans and animals, particularly for supporting the skin.  They cannot be produced by the body, so they must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Alongside a balanced diet, good quality supplements containing high levels of Omega 3s, such as Omniomega or Omnicutis, are a popular choice for supporting skin health and reducing some of the challenges associated with allergies in dogs.

How do Omega 3s support dogs with allergies?

  • Help to combat seasonal allergies. Omega-3 fatty acids support natural anti-inflammatory processes that can help reduce itching and redness typically associated with summer allergies. By supporting the body’s immune response, they can reduce the chance of discomfort and prevent further damage to the skin.
  • Strengthen the skin barrier. Allergies can compromise the skin’s natural barrier, making it more susceptible to irritants and infections. Omega-3 supplements appear to improve the skin’s barrier function, improving its ability to retain moisture and fend off allergens and irritants. This, in turn, promotes healthier skin and reduces the risk of secondary infections.
  • Calm sensitive skin. Excessive itching and scratching are common symptoms of summer allergies in dogs. Omega-3 fatty acids can help calm sensitive skin, reduce itchiness and soothe irritated skin.
  • Promoting Healthy Coat and Fur. It’s not just the skin that can benefit from Omega-3 supplements, the fur and coat can too! Omega 3s are known for improving the overall condition of the fur, making it look healthier, softer and more vibrant.

How to choose the correct Omega 3 supplement for your dog.

When selecting an Omega-3 supplement for your dog, it’s crucial to opt for a high-quality product specifically formulated for pets. Look for supplements that are free from contaminants and contain optimal levels of EPA and DHA. Both Omniomega and Omnicutis have been specifically developed with leading scientists to ensure each daily amount provides maximum benefit to your dog.

How do I know if my dog needs an Omega 3 supplement?

Signs such as excessive itching, dry or flaky skin rashes, redness, bumps or bald patches are all signs that your dog may have a skin issue. Any sudden changes in behaviour such as scratching, biting at nails and skin, or excessive licking can also be a signal that all is not well with heir skin (licking can also be a sign of pain – read more here). If you notice any of these changes your pup may benefit from the addition of a high-quality Omega 3 supplement. But remember to always talk to your vet first, if you have any concerns.

Keeping your dog’s skin health in tip top condition is essential for overall wellness. Healthy skin helps protect your pup from environmental irritants, supports the immune system, and helps regulate body temperature. Incorporating Omega-3 supplements to your dog’s daily routine helps look after their skin and coat. Not only can these supplements support relief from itching they also promote overall skin health and maintain a beautiful coat.

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