Seasonal Allergies in Dogs
It may surprise you that dogs, like humans, can suffer from seasonal allergies. Pollens from trees, grass, and weeds can be especially problematic. Dogs can develop allergies at any age, with some breeds being more prone than others. Terriers, Setters, Retrievers, and flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston terriers are more likely to suffer from these types allergies.
General allergy symptoms include:
- Itchy, red, skin (allergic dermatitis)
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Itchy ears and ear infections
- Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
- Paw chewing/swollen paws
- Constant licking
If you suspect that your pooch has seasonal allergies, you should schedule a trip to the Vet. Your veterinarian will be able to determine if your dogs has seasonal allergies as opposed to other types of allergies such as food, fleas, or environment substances like dust or cleaning products.
Treatment for allergies can include allergy injections, oral antihistamines such as Loratadine (Claritin) or Benadryl, or in the case of severe reactions, a corticosteroid such as Prednisone may be prescribed.
Other things you do to help relieve symptoms include:
- Giving frequent cool baths with specially formulate shampoo to wash away allergens from fur and skin
- Wash paws thoroughly each time your dogs comes in from outdoors
- Clean and vacuum floors and bedding on a regular basis
- Maintain a heathly diet with foods low in grain content as not to worsen inflammation