Spring is finally here, and with it comes blossoming trees, blooming flowers, and of course, seasonal allergies!
As much as we hate the sneezing and itching, it is much worse when we have to see our furry friends suffer with them. Yes, your dogs can get seasonal allergies, too, and there are things you can do to prepare them for this season.
Stay with us as we talk about how you can make spring fun and allergy-free for your beloved pets.
Seasonal allergies in dogs
Just like we get seasonal allergies, dogs can get them too. Their bodies respond to allergens such as pollens, mold spores, and dust the same way ours do and experience symptoms like:
- Skin irritation
- Respiratory problems
- Chronic infections
- Hair loss
- And more
While you can always take your dogs to the vet if you notice these symptoms, there are preventative measures you can take to stop them from occurring altogether.
Protect your dog during allergy season
Limit time outdoors
You can make indoor time fun by playing games and paying extra attention to your furry friends.
Change the time for daily walks
Pollen levels are at their highest in early mornings and late afternoons. If you can, try to avoid walking your dogs during these times to minimize the risk of pollen exposure. The evening is the best time for a walk since you do not have to endure the hot afternoon sun.
To make your walks safer, spray your dog with a mixture of oatmeal and aloe vera to protect your dog’s coat and stay away from parks with more allergenic plants.
Wipe paws after walks
When you return home from your walks, wipe your dog’s paws with a damp cloth or a fragrance-free wipe to remove excess pollen from their feet. This habit will also help prevent them from bringing the pollen inside the house.
Pay extra attention to their paws because the sensitive skin in this area is more affected by allergens. You can even put paw wax or boots on your dog before going out to better protect their paws.
Bathe and groom more frequently
More baths are crucial in allergy season to prevent allergen buildup. Try to bathe your dog weekly during peak allergy season with hypoallergenic shampoo. The ingredients in these shampoos can soothe itchy skin. You can even mix in some moisturizing oil to give them a complete spa experience.
Grooming is also vital during this season to remove allergens. You can buy dog grooming accessories to do the job yourself.
Vacuum your house regularly
Your dogs are constantly in contact with the floors, so it is good to vacuum the house regularly to remove traces of dust or pollen that have gathered throughout the fibers. Try to vacuum at least once a week, and remember to clean the curtains and other places around the house where pollen might have accumulated.
Make sure your dogs are in another room when you are vacuuming since they are not too fond of the noise. This way, they can also avoid the dust you stir up while cleaning.
Clean or replace air filters
Floors are not the only place in the house you should keep clean. Air is another one as fans or air filters can gather dust and help it spread. Consider cleaning them monthly to minimize the risk of pollen exposure.
Using an air purifier also can help reduce allergens inside your home.
Clean your dog’s bedding
Dirty bedding has a good chance of irritating dogs as they love pressing their faces into their beds.
If your dog also sheds more in the allergy season, you have another reason to do more cleaning.
While there are simple ways to deal with crazy seasonal shedding, there is only one way to remove allergens from their bedding: regular washing.
So, soak bedding in blankets in hot water weekly to keep them clean and safe. Wash stuffed toys occasionally to remove dust and allergens, too.
Switch to a healthier diet
Inflammation is a big part of seasonal allergies. You can reduce inflammation in your dogs by transitioning to a better diet.
Research shows that a raw food diet can give your puppies a boosted immune system due to the beneficial bacteria present in this type of food.
Vegetables like broccoli, squash, and sweet potatoes also have great anti-inflammatory agents that can fight allergies.
Be cautious of artificial ingredients if you are giving them dog food. These types of food can worsen their inflammation.
Coconut oil and dietary supplements like fish oil can also help reduce your dogs’ allergic reactions.
Try soothing OTC treatments
If your preparatory measures have not worked and your dogs are still scratching themselves, you can try over-the-counter (OTC) remedies.
There are numerous anti-itching creams and conditioners available that you can apply to your dogs after their baths to soothe their skin.
You can also give your dog a low dose of Benadryl to fight allergy symptoms. Before taking that route, be sure to talk to your vet first.
Know when to see your vet
Take note of your dogs’ allergic reactions. If you notice their symptoms getting worse, it may be time to take them to a vet or, better yet, use a mobile vet service and bring the vet to your home.
You can even check to see if you qualify for pet health insurance. The veterinarian can prescribe steroids and antihistamines to help treat your dogs and restore their health.
So do not hesitate to give them professional care if you think it is necessary.
The final word on seasonal allergies
Seasonal allergies are the worst, especially if you have to see your dog suffer from them.
Try our tips to reduce your dog’s chance of being affected and ease any irritation if they show allergy symptoms.
Aaron Smith is a writer, copy strategist, and consultant who works with several companies and non-profits. He covers developments in various industries, ranging from health and technology, and helps companies connect with clients. In his free time, Aaron enjoys swimming, swing dancing, and spending time with his three pups: Buddy, Roxy, and Kaya.