As spring approaches, one may begin to prepare for seasonal allergies. If you have a dog, you might not be the only one in the household with the same problem. About 10% of dogs also experience seasonal allergies, which means it is more common in dogs than one might think. Without proper treatment, pet dogs can suffer worse issues than the fundamental symptoms. Below, you can find a brief and helpful overview of the signs and treatment options for seasonal allergies in dogs.
What Is an Allergy?
An allergy is the immune system’s combative response to an outside particle. The immune system deems a particular substance, such as pollen, to be harmful to the body, and will reject it at all costs. This response is an overreaction or hypersensitivity to something otherwise harmless.
Common Allergens & Common Breeds
Dogs, like people, can develop allergies to practically anything, but when it is a seasonal allergy, the allergen could be one of these common particles:
- Mold spores
- Flea saliva
- Specific plants
There are also some dog breeds who have seasonal allergies more commonly:
One should consult with a local, trusted veterinarian to know exactly what your pet might be allergic to and what health conditions to look out for for the breed overall.
Signs of Seasonal Allergies in Dogs
How can you tell if your dog has seasonal allergies? While it is best to confirm with a veterinarian, one can generally know that allergies manifest through a dog’s skin rather than through congestion. The most common symptoms include:
- Inflamed/reddened skin: One should be quick to treat your pet’s itchy skin; otherwise, it may scratch the skin enough that it becomes inflamed or infected.
- Shedding: Shedding, dandruff, and excessive hair loss may result from an allergic reaction.
- Paw licking: Itchy paws may be a sign of an allergy.
- Respiratory problems: Dogs can experience coughing, sneezing, a raspy throat, and difficulty breathing.
- Scooting: Dogs tend to push antihistamines toward their extremities, so an itchy rear end is also a common symptom.
- Ear infections: Dogs with floppy ears are more likely to develop an ear infection due to seasonal allergies. The ears may become red, waxy, and uncomfortable to your dog. One should treat ear infections as soon as possible.
Treatment Options for Seasonal Allergies
While one might not be able to cure seasonal allergies in dogs, one can mitigate its effects. One can change the dog walking schedule and route to see when and where is most favorable. One can limit allergens by cleaning your dog’s paws and cleaning your house regularly. Ask Everhart Veterinary Medicine about topical solutions to relieve itchiness.
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