Seasonal allergies don’t only have to be affecting your dog in spring or fall. They can be affecting them throughout the entire year.
It’s important to first recognize that your dog has allergies, then known what allergens they are sensitive to, but before anything else – you will always have to bring your dog to the vet first!
Never self-diagnose or self-treat your dog, because you could do more harm than good. Many allergy symptoms can mimic the symptoms of other conditions. Let your vet do a physical examination before you start with any treatments.
Some common allergy symptoms include: coughing and/or sneezing, scratching/chewing and/or licking, red and irritated skin, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
The final diagnosis will be done by your vet, because these symptoms can be related to many other conditions.
How to treat allergies?
After a walk always make sure to wipe your dog’s paws
Pollen can stuck onto your dog’s coat and paws. So it’s always good to wipe their paws and coat after a walk.
Time your walks differently
Pollen counts are at their highest first thing in the morning and towards the latter part of the afternoon. So try to push your walks back to late morning or evening.
Try oat baths
Oatmeal baths sooth human skin and can help our golden retriever’s skin too!
The oats will soothe their skin, and you’ll have another opportunity to wash away excess allergens in their coat.
Topically applying aloe vera gel to an allergic skin irritation once or twice a day will make your dog itch less and will soothe their skin a bit. Try using aloe vera gel that is of organic origin.
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. Talk to your vet if you aren’t sure which foods and supplements are safest.
Use air purifiers
Air purifiers can help to keep pollen and other allergens from overtaking your home. You’ll still need to vacuum regularly for dust mites and heavier allergens that tend to sink to the ground and hang out in your rugs.