Spring is here and so are seasonal allergies! They don’t just affect humans, but some dogs might also suffer from them. Allergy reactions occur when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance that it perceives as a threat, such as pollen, dust, or certain foods. This immune response can cause a range of symptoms, including:
Skin reactions: Allergies can cause skin reactions such as hives, itching, and swelling. Because your dog will scratch and maybe bite the affected area, the skin will become inflamed and sore to the touch. If he doesn’t stop itching, he can also experience hair loss, hot spots, scabbing, and open sores on his skin.
Respiratory symptoms: Allergies can also affect the respiratory system, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and a runny or stuffy nose.
Gastrointestinal symptoms: Allergies can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Anaphylaxis: In severe cases, allergies can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, and loss of consciousness.
How to help your dog feel better?
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for allergies. But there are things you can do to help keep their symptoms and discomfort under control, and reduce the risk of more serious problems. Here are a few things you should to do:
1. Visit a veterinarian
It is important to visit a veterinarian to determine if your dog has seasonal allergies or if there is an underlying medical condition that needs to be treated.
Antihistamines can help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies in dogs. However, it is important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the correct dosage for your dog.
3. Add supplements to your dog’s diet
Try our Allergy plus calming formula. It contains ingredients like Colostrum, Bromelain, Chamomile and many others that work together to support pets with seasonal allergies, may help maintain normal histamine levels and healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids help decrease normal inflammatory pathways. You can provide your dog with fish oil supplements or add foods such as salmon or sardines to their diet.
2. Regular bathing with shampoo for allergies
Help with dry, itchy skin by giving your dog a wash with hypoallergenic shampoos. This can help eliminate possible allergens, for example pollen and grass. For extra effect give your pet a 10-minute bath and add a gentle moisturizing oil.
3. Avoid outdoor triggers
Pollen concentrations are highest in the early morning or late afternoon. Adapt your walk, so you avoid that time of the day. Remove excess pollen and other allergens by wiping your dog’s coat and paws with a moist cloth or a hypoallergenic grooming spray, after every walk.
4. Keep your place clean
Clean and vacuum the floors and his bedding on a regular basis using non-toxic house cleaning agents. Therefore the place is as free from allergens as possible. Also regularly change air filters to cut down on airborne allergens that enter through open doors and windows.
Remember to always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any medication or supplements.