How does the weather affect our dogs?

When it rains, They get wet.

The end.

I’m kidding of course, being a dog owner it’s always handy to know that your dog's environment can affect them in several ways, individual to themselves and as a collective.

The weather is one of those factors that can cause psychological and physical issues from mild behavioural issues such as simply sulking and not wanting to go outside in the rain to severe clinical issues such as allergies triggered by the various strains of pollen throughout the year.

This is quite a complex topic so i’ll keep it short and sweet and run through the seasons of the year (some aren’t seasonal) and what you could expect as a dog owner.



Spring/Summer

This is one where people are seeing a lot of physical issues with their dogs, this includes but not limited to the following;

● Allergies to Pollen

● Reactions to Pesticides/Herbicides

● Yeast Infections

● Fleas/Ticks

● Heat Stroke

● Heightened prey drives due to more wildlife/young prey around

● Ear Infections (some breeds)


Autumn/Winter

● Anxiety

● Yeast Infections

● Sodium Burns (Caused by grit salt when walking- snow/ice)

● Matted Fur (They get wet more often in these month’s)

● Joint Pain

● Ear Infections (some breeds)

● Muscle Injuries (more prone to in these months)

● Dust Mites

Some symptoms that could occur as a result of these, singular or in multiple;

● Itching /Chewing their body

● Flakey Skin

● Dull Fur/Fur Loss

● Waxy Ears

● Eye Discharge(weeping)

● General Swelling of the face (Anaphylaxis after a bee sting for example)

● Nasal Discharge

● Dry Nose

● Cracked Pads

● Heavy Panting

● Lethargy

● Loss of Appetite

● Dehydration

● Stomach Upset

● Disorientation

● Mild/Severe Burns

● Weight Gain/Loss

● Limping

● Behavioural issues such as barking/hiding

As you can see these there are a lot of symptoms that can occur indirectly as a result of the weather/seasonal shifts and many of which i’m sure you’ve seen your dogs display and didn’t have a clue what was going on because “nothings” changed in respect of their food, your general cleaning products etc... Many people overlook these environmental changes but they do have a significant impact throughout the year.

Many of these are naturally avoided through common sense, such as not walking/working your dog in the summer during high heat, or doing warm ups before intense exercise in the winter months.

Remember it’s not always the food, so if your dogs react, take a step back and look at the bigger picture and if you’re not sure please get in touch and we will be happy to help run through a process of elimination to find the dominant cause for your dog reacting to something.

There are many things you can add into the diet to help your dog cope with weather changes and that adaptogenic herbs and you can do this easily by adding in “Proflax Immunity and Vitality” which has 7 adaptogenic herbs which are;

Source: Proflax Website

● Echinacea: A fabulous adaptogenic herb to support a healthy immune system. Improves concentration. Aids respiration. Contains niacin, chromium, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc which helps to support a healthy immune system.

● Astragalus: An amazing adaptogenic herb that supports good energy and stamina, helps with mental clarity & aids metabolism. Also supports the liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, thyroid and digestive tract. Supports a healthy immune system.

● Withania: An adaptogenic herb that supports flexibility and has a relaxing and calming effect. A powerful antioxidant. Supports a healthy immune system. Has a positive effect on blood cells. Contains sodium and iron.

● Turmeric: A wonderful adaptogenic herb that contains a mix of phenolics known as curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant and is effective in neutralising free radicals. A rich source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, niacin, potassium and zinc. Also helps to aid digestion, maintain cardio function and cleanse.

● Milk Thistle: An adaptogenic cleansing herb that has fantastic anti-oxidant & cleansing properties. Supports healthy kidneys. Supports a healthy metabolism, nervous system and brain. Provides calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate and vitamin A.

● Gotu Kola: An adaptogenic herb that is packed with calcium, manganese, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins C and B. This power herb cleanses, aids circulation and collagen production, supports a healthy nervous system, veins & blood vessels.

● Liquorice Root: An adaptogenic herb that supports the immune system, calming, aids respiration and maintains good digestion. Also makes the formula taste great!

We stock the whole Proflax range - please just ask if you need any advice regarding the right supplements.




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