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Thankfully, seasonal allergies typically don’t affect dogs and therefore do no harm do them. But in some cases your dog could be suffering from terrible allergies and you might not even know it.
This article is all about recognizing seasonal allergies in your canine, and helping them as much as you can.
The first step is to understand common allergens.
Allergies can affect your dog all year long, but the symptoms can be especially difficult to handle during spring and autumn.
Some of the most common allergens are:
Tree and grass pollens in the spring and summer.
Flower and plant pollens in the spring.
Ragweed allergies in the late summer and early fall (until the first frost).
Dust mites occur year round.
Mold, mildew, and funguses love rainy, wet spring and fall weather.
The most important rule when it comes to the health of your dog in general is to never self-diagnose them, or even worse: self-treat.
Always contact your vet first, so they can do a proper examination and give a diagnosis.
But even though a professional should always have the last word, you still need to be on the lookout for these symptoms, so you know when to take your dog to the vet.
Most common allergy symptoms: Coughing and/or sneezing; Labored breathing; Scratching, chewing, and licking; Red and irritated skin; Vomiting and diarrhea.
If your vet does diagnose your dog with seasonal allergies, it is up to them to prescribe a fitting treatment for your canine. We repeat: Never self-treat your dog! You could possibly do more harm than good.
But there are some habits that you could pick up on that would also help your dog.
-Cleaning your dogs paws after coming from a walk with warm water and a towel. This will decrease pollen that your dog’s paws have picked up outside.
-Try to time your walks differently so you wouldn’t be outside while the concentration of allergens is at it’s highest. Try doing some research or find some apps that would help you time your walks.
-Consider changing your dog’s food to support their immune system. You’ll typically want to look for foods that are grain-free to help reduce inflammation.
-Use air purifiers in your home. They can help keep pollen and other allergens from overtaking your home.