||The holiday season means parties, family
gatherings, lots of food, Christmas tree, decorations and
quite often disaster for PONS who may experience allergic
reactions to holiday fare. Away from the public eye, many
PON owners contact PON Digest privately and appeal
for help in dealing with PON reactions to holidays.
A major source of concern has to do with live Christmas
trees which harbor five times the amount of mold after
being in a household for two weeks. PONS may react to mold
by scratching, developing hot spots, digestive
disturbances, running eyes and being irritable. A possible
solution lies in utilizing trees of man-made materials or
shortening the amount of time that trees are inside your
home. Tinsel, ribbons and glass ornaments which have been
stored in dusty areas may carry dust mites and mold as
well, although owners have cleaned them. Consider
purchasing new ornaments if you have a PON who reacts to
dust and mold.
We often hear about folks who react to room sprays and
perfumes, but often forget that canines also react to them
as well. Avoid being distracted from holiday events by
PONS who become intensively itchy after exposure to these
snazzy holiday sprays. Also avoid trying out new dog
shampoo and other grooming aids which may also trigger
unpleasant skin problems.
Some relatives think they are doing your PON a favor by
slipping him/her a tidbit with wheat, high fat content,
etc. during a family gathering and this may also trigger a
powerful allergic reaction which may lead to an unplanned
visit to the emergency vet.
Strong winds blow about pollen and mold during cold
weather months and your PON may react to a sudden increase
in the pollen count just as you are preparing that holiday
meal. So.......be prepared and keep an antihistamine on
hand if you know that your PON has inhalant, contact and
food allergies. Consider talking with relatives about the
dangers of offering new foods and keep a watchful eye out
for those who think they know best in your family.
Make sure your emergency vet's contact information is on
hand at all times. Good communication and
co-operation will make this upcoming holiday a happy and
healthy occasion for all members of your family.