||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
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
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.