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No 'Joys of Spring' for Allergic Dogs

Monday, 4 February 2013  |  Kate

The first signs of Spring may be welcomed by pet owners but for allergic dogs Spring can cause misery as it triggers the start of the hay fever season with early tree pollen responsible for many canine allergy problems.

My Itchy Dog Blog Spring AllergiesHay fever from tree pollen starts much earlier in the year than that caused by grass pollen which tends to affect many people as well as their pets.

Dogs affected by tree pollen will often show signs of skin irritation such as itching, soreness and general discomfort, according to Dr John Howie, co-founder of Lintbells.

However by naturally helping the dog's skin defences work as well as they possibly can to combat this, it makes it more difficult for the pollen to take effect.

Dr Howie said: "Early flowering trees such as birch, hazel and alder can all trigger pollen allergies that affect dogs from March or April, long before the grass allergies kick in, and can make a dog very uncomfortable.

"Omega 6 and 3 oils are key elements of the diet for naturally improving skin health to cope with pollen allergies. One way to ensure the dog gets the correct balance of these oils is to add Yumega Plus to its diet as this will help to calm sensitivity and irritation in the skin."

A dog suffering from a tree pollen allergy is likely to scratch and bite its body, possibly pulling out some of his coat.

My Itchy Dog Blog Allergy Dogs Spring Licking their paws, head shaking and rubbing their face on the floor are also indications that a dog has hay fever, as is a sensitivity to being touched.

Dozens of Lintbells and My Itchy Dog customers have rated Yumega Plus at 5 out of 5 for customer satisfaction and many have commented that their dogs have responded better on the product than on some medications such as steroids.

Yumega Plus contains only the finest natural oils with omega 3 from the best salmon oil available to calm the skin and starflower oil, providing omega 6, to sooth sensitive skin.

Golden flax oil provides the omega 6 (Linoleic acid) which forms the skin's moisture barrier, plus the omega 3 to improve coat condition. A natural antioxidant, Vitamin E, neutralises free radicals to support the skin's defences.

Dr Howie added: "Vets are recommending it to their clients. Its price compares very favourably with many of the other products designed to help itchy skin and allergies."

For more information about Yumega Plus Oil click hereand be sure to visit the rest of the Lintbells range, including Silver Care Eye Cleaning Spray, Ear Cleaning Drops and Calendula Skin Cream.