Seasonal Allergies in Dogs
Can They Have Them?
Seasonal allergies in dogs, they do exist. Is it something you notice with your pup? Because here in the South, it is that time of year again. The smell of rain in the air, fresh flowers coloring the grass, and the sun growing warmer with each day are all signs that spring is upon us. However, with all these great reminders of the nearing season, spring also brings a wave of runny noses and itchy eyes. As an excessive amount of pollen floats through the air, many people find themselves taking allergy medicine daily. For most, this remedy works by allowing them to breathe and see clearly. But what about your dog?
According to Veterinary Centers of America (VCA), seasonal allergies in dogs are more common than you may believe.
How to Spot if Your Dog has Seasonal Allergies
Now you are likely thinking, “how do I know if my dog has seasonal allergies?” We suggest that you take a moment to think about your dog’s behavior recently (spring allergies usually comes a little early in the South) and refer to the image above. VCA states that the most common symptom of seasonal allergies in dogs is itchy skin. While some dogs get itchy in only one area of their body, others have a less localized itch, and find themselves scratching all over their body. Another common symptom of allergies in dogs involve respiratory issues such as frequent coughing, sneezing or wheezing.
Dogs tend to have allergies starting as young as six months old. Your dog’s seasonal allergies can be a result of numerous allergens, but allergens most unique to the spring season are pollens, dust mites and mold.
Let’s Find Out How to Help Beat Seasonal Allergies in Dogs
Thankfully for your dog, there are a few things you can consider to help them find this time of year a bit more enjoyable.
A New Walking Routine
One thing you can consider is changing your daily walk routine to a different time of day. If your dog is walking with us at Posh Paws, let us know how we can help. Pollens are at their worst in the early morning or late afternoon, so ask your dog walker to communicate if they see increased allergy symptoms in your dog after walking. If they do, it might be worth exploring other times for walks. Instead of a morning walk, perhaps a walk around noon or a walk at dusk.
Posh Paws Pet Care is always here for you and your dog for walks and other types of care. For more information, check out our walking and play care packages.
Keep Allergen Air Outside and Fresh Air Inside
Any outside air containing allergens can impact the seasonal allergies that your dog experiences. To keep the air in your house as clean and fresh as possible, remember to change air filters regularly. Running the air conditioner and dehumidifier rather than leaving windows open can also help keep the air clean for your pup (and you).
Keeping Your Dog Clean
And Smelling Good Too
You can also help your dog by wiping down their paws and fur with a hypoallergenic, moist cloth after a walk. This can also save you from bathing them too frequently.
If you find that your dog is still struggling with seasonal allergies, giving them a bath with anti-itch shampoo is helpful for them. This shampoo will help remove any pollen or allergens caught under their fur that lead to itching. Some dogs with severe skin issues may even require a medicated shampoo prescribed by a veterinarian.
Have Allergies? You’re in Good Company
As humans, we certainly are not the only beings who partake in seasonal allergies each year. Our furry companions often feel the same way we do, making it all the more important that we think of ways to make our homes, and lifestyle, more enjoyable for everyone during this time of year.
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