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By Claudia Dimuro | pennlive.com (TNS)

Well, woof.

Pet allergies are apparently on the rise in Pennsylvania.

Axios Philadelphia reports how our friends on four legs — dogs in particular — are increasingly being treated for itchy skin and seasonal allergies, issues which can actually result in other problems such as skin infections.

In fact, the same Axios Philadelphia article continues to report how Trupanion — a Canada-based pet insurer which, according to its “Who We Are” page, has “the goal of introducing a high-quality medical insurance offering for cats and dogs” — revealed that allergy claims of insured pets in the Keystone State went up by 23 percent between 2019 and 2023.

“Seasonal sniffles are nevertheless nothing new in dogs and cats, though they’ve only become a hot topic in more recent years,” reads a Trupanion article. “If you suspect your pet is affected, you’re not alone.

“An estimated 10 percent of dogs experience season allergies every year. Cats are less likely to be diagnosed with seasonal allergies, possibly because they are more likely to be indoor-only.”

Nationwide confirms this trend, stating how the top type of medical conditional insurers filed claims for with regards to their dogs in 2022 was atopic or allergic dermatitis.

“When we talk about protecting pets from the unexpected, many families envision things like traumatic injuries, poising, or foreign body ingestion,” says Nationwide’s Vice President, Pet Health and Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jules Benson.

“While these are definitely situations where it’s beneficial to have pet health insurance, our data actually shows the majority of claims come from extremely common conditions.”

As for what causes these allergies, well, veterinarian at Liberty Vet Pets in Philadelphia, Bonnie Valiente Wright, informs Axios Philadelphia it’s pretty much the same thing as humans: pollen related to things such as grass as well as food.

Wright advises pet owners to look out for signs such as licking or scratching an area, and to bring them to their own vet for treatment recommendations.

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