Spring Allergies in Dogs and How to Manage Them
- by Erika Buenaflor
As a devoted dog parent, nothing brings more joy than seeing our furry pals full of life and happiness. But, let's face the facts – allergies can occasionally sneak up on our canine buddies, putting a little damper on their sunny dispositions. In this article, we explore some effective ways to better handle springtime allergies in dogs.
5 Ways to Manage Spring Allergies in Dogs
Limit Allergen Exposure
Preventing your dog from coming into contact with allergens like pollen is an effective way to manage their allergies.
You can do this by keeping your dog indoors during high pollen seasons, wiping their paws and fur after being outside, and using air purifiers in your home. Avoid using scented products, such as candles and air fresheners.
During this time, it’s a good idea to give your pup rubber chew toys as they are easily washable compared to plush ones – you can just give them a rinse with some mild soap and warm water after play.
Gentle Shampoos Can Make All the Difference
A gentle shampoo can help soothe your dog's itchy skin and reduce their allergy symptoms. You can use a shampoo prescribed by your vet or an over-the-counter shampoo designed for dogs with allergies. Our 2-in-1 Oatmeal & Aloe Wash make a perfect candidate in this case.
Made with all-natural ingredients, it’s suitable for puppies and adult dogs alike. The oatmeal in it soothes your pet’s irritated skin, while the aloe vera makes it easier for microlesions to heal. Plus, it even has a hypoallergenic scent, so it won’t cause your dog’s eyes to water or make them sneeze. Be sure to follow the instructions on the shampoo bottle and avoid getting the product in your dog's eyes or ears.
Clean Your Dog’s Living Space
It is paramount to ensure that your dog spends their time in a living space that’s as clean as possible. This means that you should clean the places in your home where they spend the most amount of time, but also their bed, toys, as well as their food bowls.
You should clean your floors and upholstered furniture at least once a week and use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter to remove dust and allergens. Additionally, you should wash your dog's bedding and toys regularly with hypoallergenic detergent.
Given that most dogs that are itchy tend to quickly develop ear infections or inflict damage on their ear regions through incessant scratching, perhaps a product like our Ear & Wound Care might be of help. This ear cleaner reduces inflammation and promotes wound healing while helping you remove the wax in your pet’s ears.
Support Your Dog’s Immune System
A healthy immune system can assist your dog in fighting off allergies. Providing your dog with a balanced diet complete with essential nutrients and vitamins can help support their immune system. Regular exercise and grooming can also help keep your dog healthy and reduce their allergy symptoms.
Some supplements, especially those that contain omega fatty acids, can increase your dog’s skin immunity. Treats like the Reel Fish Crunchers can do the same, provided that your pet is a fish enthusiast and enjoys a crunchy snack every now and then.
Consider Giving Your Dog Anti-Itch Medication
Antihistamines can be an effective way to manage your dog's allergies in the short term. Antihistamines work by blocking your dog's histamine receptors, and they can help reduce their allergy symptoms.
However, it would be best to talk to your vet before giving your dog any medications, as the concentration of the medication must be appropriate to your pet’s health status, size, weight, and age. Human-grade drugs might also not be safe in some cases.
There are some topical products that you might resort that don’t come with the side effects of antihistamines, such as the Rufus & Coco Itch Relief. This is a medicated shampoo that treats irritated skin and itching and also minimises flaking. Since it is pH-balanced, you can use this shampoo on your dog’s skin as often as once a week.
Causes and Symptoms of Spring Allergies in Dogs
Spring allergies are common in dogs and can be caused by pollen, grass, and mould. Flea bites can also lead to allergic reactions in dogs. Keeping your dog clean and parasite-free during the spring season is your responsibility as their pet owner and guardian.
The most common clinical signs of spring allergies in dogs are itching, sneezing, and coughing. Other symptoms may include watery eyes, runny nose, and skin irritation.
When to See a Vet
If your dog's allergy symptoms are severe or persistent, take them to the vet. Your vet can determine the cause of your dog's allergies and recommend the best course of treatment. Moreover, if your dog has any other underlying health conditions, getting them treated as soon as possible is essential.