Springtime allergies can affect dogs too!
The Delta Society Australia shares their top tips to help dog owners minimise springtime allergies in dogs. Just like humans, dogs can be affected by seasonal allergies like hayfever and can experience similar symptoms like sneezing, watery eyes, itching and an irritated rash.
Pollen is rife in springtime! It is a key trigger for canine hayfever, which is also known as canine atopy. According to Vetinfo.com, dogs with hayfever are often very itchy all over their bodies. The itching is followed by a rash that breaks out on the dog’s face and feet. Over time, the hair over the dog’s eyes and on his feet may actually begin to thin because he’s scratched so much or chewed his feet so often. These symptoms indicate an atopic allergy or one that is caused by an inhaled allergen that causes skin, rather than respiratory, problems.
In addition to the skin problems listed above, dogs with hayfever may also have watery eyes, runny noses and they may sneeze, but these symptoms are less common in dogs although they are probably more familiar to human hayfever sufferers than the skin problems previously discussed.
3 Tips to reduce springtime allergies in dogs
Here is the Delta Society Australia’s top tips to help reduce your dog’s suffering during this time of year.
- Bathing your dog frequently,
- Keeping him or her indoors on high pollen count days, and
- Seek advice from your vet for medication options
Your dog may be a candidate for allergy shots. This course of treatment involves administering small amounts of the allergen over time to help your dog’s immune system develop a resistance to the allergen. Ask your veterinarian for more information about this possible solution to your dog’s allergy problem.
Your dog could be suffering from another medical condition. There are other causes for itchy skin in dogs as explained by Sydney Veterinarian Tina Levy.
Delta Society Australia Spring 2017 Delta Tails newsletter