Your Dog and Fall Allergies
Many people don’t realize that dogs are affected by the same allergens that plague humans. The difference between our pets and us is in how these allergies are manifested. While we can see red, watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing; more commonly skin issues are the problem. Allergies in pets usually present as itchy skin, ears and feet that can quickly lead to infection. When the skin’s natural environment is disrupted by constant scratching this allows bacteria and/or yeast to proliferate causing a superficial infection. If you see red, irritated skin, small bumps, crusts on the skin or hair loss this may indicate infection is present and a visit to the hospital is necessary.
What are Some Allergens
Grasses that pollinate in the Fall
Many grasses that pollinate in the Fall can be allergens for both pets and their owners. The most common grass to cause allergies is ragweed. Other grasses that pollinate in the Fall that can also cause allergies are sagebrush, Russian thistle, plantain, cocklebur and lamb’s-quarters. Of course, your pet might not only have allergic reactions to grasses pollinating in the Fall, but also to Trees pollinating in the Spring, or other grasses pollinating in the Summer.
The Fall season is an optimal time for mold to grow in your home. Mold will grow rapidly in cold, dark places, and molds can be allergens and toxins to your and your dog. To deal with this, you should make sure to fix any moisture leaking issues, and regularly clean your dog’s beds and towels. Wash things with a drop of bleach to be sure to kill any present mold.
Dust mite issues can worsen in the Fall when you keep your windows closed and your house sealed. Make sure to frequently air out your house!
Itchy skin is typically the first sign of an allergy noticed by owners, as their dog will be licking, chewing, or scratching one spot very often. This is caused by the pollen landing on their skin, and then their skin has an allergic reaction to pollen.
Itchy ears is another very common symptom in dogs with allergies. Allergies can also show up in the ears of a dog through recurrent ear infections, even without other typical allergy symptoms. Many pet owners may not notice this and not realize that the source of recurrent ear infections is actually due to allergies.
Your dog’s eyes may appear more watery than they usually are. The watery eyes may also come with your dog rubbing them, and your dog will just be visibly more uncomfortable regarding his or her eyes.
Excessive paw licking
Excessive paw licking is a typical telltale sign of your dog experiencing allergies. This means that your dog will be nearly constantly licking, or even chewing, their paws. This is a typical symptom of skin allergies, as your dog’s paws will be very itchy, tempting them to lick and chew.
How to Help
Take them to the veterinarian
The first step in any case where you are questionable about your pet’s health is to take them to the veterinarian. The veterinarian will be able to identify what exactly is affecting your dog and will be able to prescribe any necessary treatment or medication.
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Washing your dog with anti-itch shampoos will help decrease the itchiness that your dog is experiencing. This will allow for them to have less stress and anxiety, and help clear up any inflamed skin as they won’t be constantly itching it.
Antihistamines help a lot with seasonal allergies. Giving your dog the correct dose of antihistamine is crucial as it will lessen any symptoms of itching or watery eyes that they might be having.
Coconut oil can be applied topically to any irritated site on your dog’s body to quickly reduce irritation and make your dog’s skin feel better, reducing their temptation to lick or chew their skin.