Spring is on its way, and so are seasonal allergies! Not only do they affect humans, but dogs can also suffer from them. When your dog has allergies, their immune system overreacts to one or more offending substances, which can cause itchiness, excessive shedding, sneezing, watery eyes, a runny nose, swollen skin, and irritation. When your dog scratches and bites the affected area, the skin can become inflamed and sore to the touch.
If your dog doesn't stop itching, they may also experience hair loss, hot spots, scabbing, and open sores on their skin. If you notice ongoing symptoms or a change in your dog's behaviour, or if you're concerned, we always recommend taking your pup to the vet.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for allergies, but there are things you can do to help keep your dog's symptoms and discomfort under control and reduce the risk of more serious problems. Here are a few things you can do:
Add supplements to your dog's diet
Try giving your dog a skin and coat supplement by PointPet that can help soothe itchy and irritated skin. It is packed with Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, which have incredible anti-inflammatory properties that many dogs need during allergy season. They provide optimal nourishment to the skin and coat and also help the skin retain moisture and hydration.
Having a healthy gastrointestinal tract is essential for dogs, so if your dog's digestive system is out of balance due to allergies, try our PointPet probiotics. They can help bring balance and harmony to the gastrointestinal tract.
Bathe your dog regularly with shampoo for allergies
Help with dry, itchy skin by washing your dog with hypoallergenic shampoos. This can help eliminate possible allergens, such as pollen and grass. For extra effect, give your pet a 10-minute bath mixed with a gentle moisturizing oil.
Avoid walking your dog during high pollen periods
Pollen levels are highest in the early morning or late afternoon. Adapt your walk schedule to avoid these times 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.
Keep your home clean
Clean and vacuum the floors and your dog's bedding regularly using non-toxic house cleaning agents. This will keep the place as free from allergens as possible. Also, regularly change air filters to cut down on airborne allergens that enter through open doors and windows.
By following these simple steps, you can help reduce your dog's discomfort and help them enjoy the spring season with you!