Can Dogs be Affected by Seasonal Allergies?
Dogs and cats can suffer from seasonal allergies and hay fever from pollen, just like humans. Allergies in pets are common. And, it’s that time of year when you might notice your pet scratching, sneezing, or coughing. This is especially true if the windows are open. The spring allergy season is expected to be a little more intense this year due to warmer temps, higher pollen counts, and less rain.
Hay fever in pets is an allergy that is common in May through July. The allergic reaction is caused by a dog’s response to pollen in the air. It’s a type of atopy, which is due to allergens, including pollen, penetrating the skin. An allergy to pollen is less common than an allergy to fleas or house dust mites and it’s not easy to tell the difference unless your dog receives a test for allergies.
For humans, common hay fever symptoms include itchy eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing. However, pollen affects dogs and cats differently than us. Allergies in pets usually affect the skin. A sensitivity to pollen allergens may cause inflammation in the lining of the nose and in the eyes, which is what then causes your pet’s symptoms. If your dog or cat is more often itching, biting or rubbing any of the following areas during the spring or summer, there’s a good chance they have hay fever:
- eyes, ears, mouth
- groin area
Certain dog breeds are more susceptible to developing seasonal allergies including Dalmatians, Irish setters, Poodles, Schnauzers, and West Highland terriers.
Allergies in Pets – Treatment
While there isn’t a cure for allergies, there are topical pet hay fever treatments available. These can help to soothe the symptoms on a daily basis. Unlike humans, where a general antihistamine pill is often sufficient to prevent allergy symptoms, targeted hay fever treatments work better for pets. Your vet may prescribe eye drops or nasal sprays. In severe cases, vets can also administer injections to help get symptoms under control.
Natural Remedies for Allergies in Pets
- Walk your pet early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid high pollen counts that occur at midday
- Keep the grass cut short in your yard
- Keep your pet’s ears clean to prevent irritation
- Grooming will help to remove pollen from their skin, even if you can’t see it.
- Wipe fur, skin and paws with a damp cloth to remove excess pollen after a walk
- Wash bedding regularly
- Use an air filter system to help with their condition within the house
- Vacuum on a regular basis
- Keep on top of your pet’s flea and worm treatments to help reduce itching
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