Can My Dog Have Seasonal Allergies?
Spring and summer can mean a lot of amazing things are around us! Great weather, fun activities with family, and time to spend with our dogs! However, there can also be some struggles that we and our dogs may face. That includes seasonal allergies. Just like we can experience the annoyances of allergies, including itchy noses and eyes, our dogs can too! Whether they are reacting to the mold, mildew, pollen, or dust mites, there are many things that could be causing this unpleasant issue. Here are a few ways you can deal with allergies and help your dog get through them!
Does My Dog Have Allergies?
There are some common signs your dog may be experiencing the struggles of allergies. Usually there will be skin inflammation and irritation, which may lead to your dog rubbing against random items to relieve the itch. They may also scratch and bite their body. Because of this, the skin will be red and inflamed, which is a big sign it is allergies. Some other signs are hair loss, hot spots, scabs, and open sores. In addition, if your dog has watery eyes, sneezing, or ear issues, this could also mean that they are having allergies. All together, if your dog is experience many of these symptoms, they probably need to be treated in some way.
What Can You Do
One main thing you can do is give your pup frequent baths. When you wash your dog’s coat after they’ve been outside, it washes away all the allergens they are reacting to. It also is an immediate relief to the itchiness. When doing this, use a dog shampoo that is made for sensitive skin. You should also wash your pup’s paws when they come inside so the allergens are not all around the house and being carried all over.
Another thing you can do is keep your dog’s area and favorite spots clean from allergens. You can vacuum and clean more frequently than you normally would, including washing any bedding often. Be sure you use non-toxic cleaning supplies.
Since allergies are related to health, it is important to keep your dog’s health in tip-top shape. Do this by feeding them a well-balanced diet. Also you should discuss with your vet to see if a change in diet, such as low grain content, is a good idea. Carbs can worsen inflammation, so it may be a good idea to give your dog as few carbs as possible.
If you aren’t sure what to do, always call your vet to discuss a plan. If you think it may be more severe, your vet can prescribe a medication. Good luck!