Helping Your Dog During Allergy Season

dog in flowersIf you have seasonal allergies then you probably have firsthand experience concerning the consequences of not taking the proper preventative medication during allergy season. The same issues are common amongst our furry friends. Dogs are just a susceptible to suffer seasonal and lifelong allergies as humans, including issues with hay fever and allergies to blossoming plants.

However, spotting and treating the problem can be much more difficult since your dog can’t tell you in words how he or she feels. Instead, you have to watch for the symptoms which include scratching, biting, sneezing, otherwise incessant itching, weeping eyes and runny noses.

Most dogs undergo allergic reactions during the spring and summer which also happens to be flea season. Fleas can give a false positive of the above symptoms and can even cause such reactions if your dog is allergic to fleas. Before running off to the veterinarian, check your dog for fleas. Basic flea allergies can be treated with the prevention and controlling of fleas, through the use of flea treatments such as Advantage or Comfortis. If your dog shows one of the signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing or breaking out in hives, you should take him or her to the veterinarian right away. Take your dog to the vet as soon as you notice allergic symptoms; the sooner you catch that your dog has an allergy, the sooner you can provide your puppy some relief.dog in flowers

Seventy-five to ninety percent of canine allergies are cases of atopy, an often seasonal allergy brought upon by the blooming of flowers and excessive pollen during the spring and summer. Think of atopy as the doggy form of hay fever. Unfortunately, just like with humans, there is no cure for atopy. The only way to treat the problem is to try and control it as best you can through prevention of contact to blossoming plants. Your veterinarian will prescribe some medication and treatment options once they figure out the source of allergy if it is sever enough.

If it is a typical seasonal allergen, try giving your dog a bath once a week during the spring and summer to regularly wash off excess pollen before your puppy starts experiencing an allergic reaction. If your dog is experiencing an allergic reaction from airborne allergens like dust, then try to vacuum and dust your home once a week and make sure your air filter is replaced regularly as well. Dust is a difficult issue to combat, but regularly cleaning of their bedding and the areas in which they spend the most time is the best type of prevention.

dog in flowersDogs usually won’t develop allergies until they are around three years old. Once your canine comes down with an allergy he or she will likely be stuck with it for the rest of his or her life. Don’t let your canine companion live in agony during allergy season, get treatment options from your vet and make life a little easier for your dog as soon as possible. Dogs, just like us, have treatment options for these issues, they just can’t express it to you like people can!!


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