7 Signs & Symptoms Your Dog Might Have Seasonal Allergies
Did you know that your dog can suffer from seasonal allergies just like humans do? When allergy season is at its peak, it can leave your furry companion feeling completely miserable. If your pet is suffering from allergies, you may need to visit a vet in order to help them get relief.
But how can you tell if your dog has seasonal allergies? If your canine is exhibiting any of these signs, it may be time to seek help.
- That itch he just can’t scratch
- Skin irritation and redness
- Constant licking
- Rubbing her face on anything she can find
- Bald spots
- Hot spots
- Ear irritation
1. That itch he just can’t scratch
If you observe that your dog is constantly scratching, this may be a tell-tale sign that your pet is experiencing allergy symptoms. This is especially true if you notice that the scratching seems to be worse after you’ve been outside.
2. Skin irritation and redness
Take a look at your dog’s belly, feet, ears and any other parts of their bodies that touch grass and pollen. Do you see any areas that have broken out in hives or rashes? If so, this is another symptom stemming from those pesky allergies. Just like humans, parts of your dog’s body can become inflamed from environmental irritants.
Allergens can even cause the skin on their mouth, paws, and chin to become inflamed.
3. Constant licking
If your dog is licking obsessively, especially on the belly and paws, then he may be irritated from an allergen in the environment. Constant scooting or licking of the anal region can indicate that your pet is experiencing unpleasant itchiness. Before you decide to give your pet any medicine to treat this issue, make sure you consult with your veterinarian.
4. Rubbing her face on anything she can find
If your pillows, couches, and other furniture are covered in fur, it may be because your dog is purposely rubbing her body on any surface she can find to alleviate the itchiness. This is yet another sign that a sinister allergy may be at play.
And similar to what happens when humans suffer from allergies, your dog’s eyes can become red and puffy.
5. Bald spots
Hair loss can occur if the allergy has been left untreated. Allergies can cause extremely dry skin and cause it to flake, leading to excessive amounts of shedding. Help your pet keep those beautiful locks intact by seeking treatment as soon as you notice that allergies may be an issue.
6. Hot spots
Continued exposure to an allergen without treatment from medication can result in what’s known as hot spots. Hot spots are areas on your dog’s body that have become so inflamed that the skin turns extremely red and will even bleed. Hot spots also cause hair loss.
7. Ear irritation
Allergens can irritate those cute little ears on your precious pooch. Their ears can become red in color, and often will emit a stinky odor. You may also notice that your dog often shakes his head because of the irritation. Sometimes the irritation is so bad they don’t want you to touch their head.
Other signs to look out for
Respiratory symptoms are not common with dogs suffering from allergies, but they certainly can occur. Just like humans, a runny nose, watery eyes and even coughing and sneezing can be reactions to allergies for our four-legged friends.
The most common allergens for pets with seasonal symptoms are ragweed and grasses, pollens, and molds.
Ways you can help a pet with seasonal allergies
If your pet has hypersensitivities, it’s a good idea to bathe them in the morning and at night to remove any allergens from the surface of their body. Frequent baths are a great way to provide immediate relief to an itchy pet. Be sure to use a grain-free shampoo.
It’s also important to keep your floors vacuumed and cleaned, especially in the areas of your home where your pet spends the most time. There are many environmentally-friendly cleaning agents you can use that are non-toxic and safe for pets and children. Be sure to also keep your dog’s bedding washed frequently using pet-friendly detergents.
Did you know that certain foods can worsen inflammation in your pet? Make sure you consult with your local veterinarian to find an appropriate diet plan to help minimize allergic reactions.
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