Spring is here! And with it, seasonal allergies. Humans aren't the only ones who suffer during this season, many dogs will be scratching and wheezing their way throughout he next few months as well.
Dog allergies are normally caused by the same triggers that occur in human allergies, such as mold and mildew, pollen, and dust mites. The good thing is that there are several ways for us to treat seasonal allergies in our dog.
Signs and Symptoms Depending on the type of allergy, your pet may exhibit different symptoms. Pets do sometimes exhibit watery eyes and sneezing, however, the most common reaction to allergens is scratching and licking. Constant scratching and licking in certain areas such as their legs or hind-quarters may lead to raised infected welts, open sores, and loss of hair. Ear infections are also common in dogs with allergies.
Identify the Source A skin test (allergy test) will help your vet determine the cause of your pet's symptoms. The test is usually conducted by a veterinary dermatologist, and involves shaving a patch on the skin and injecting various allergens such as grass, pollen or dust. Through process of elimination, the vet can isolate the allergen and plan of action such as allergy shots or a vaccine.
Tips to Prevent Allergies
- Reduce the amount of dust in your home by vacuuming and cleaning often.
- Wash away the allergens on his coat and skin by giving him frequent baths. Look for a dog shampoo specially formulated for inflamed or sensitive skin.
- Wipe off your dog's feet after every walk to stop allergens. Wear lightweight dog boots to prevent allergens and bug bites or bee stings on their paws.
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