Springtime and Dog Allergies
Flowers are in bloom, temperatures are rising after a cold winter, and sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes are in full effect. It’s a sure sign that spring has sprung! For the millions of people who suffer from springtime allergies, you may be surprised to know that many dogs suffer from allergies just like humans.
Common dog allergy symptoms include:
· Watery eyes
· Skin irritation and inflammation
· Constant scratching and licking of paws
These could be signs that your dog is suffering from springtime allergies and need treatment, whether from the vet or at home. Here are some preventitive measures to take so you and your dog to enjoy springtime without icky allergies.
Call your vet. Ask for suitable medications for animals that can temporary relieve symptoms. Many over-the-counter products that you use could be harmful or even fatal to dogs. If you suspect your dog is suffering from something other than allergies, your vet can test for other problems.
Keep your house clean! Since much sneezing can be attributed to dust mites and other allergens outside and inside your home, allergy-proof your home from these sources. After coming in from your daily walk, wipe down your dog’s paws and take off your shoes as soon as you get in. Clean your house thoroughly, vacuum carpets, rugs and anything that collects dust weekly and keep windows closed and cleaned. Also, toys used outside and inside should be rinsed off when done playing.
Weekly Baths. Keeping your dog clean can help with dry, irritated skin from scratching and biting. Use a mild cleanser while bathing to soothe the itchiness and the irritants from pollen and your dog biting and scratching. Wash your dog’s bedding regularly with a gentle detergent free of perfume or dyes to keep dust mites that linger at bay.
Dealing with allergies is frustrating, but with some TLC and patience, you and your dog can enjoy the springtime without worrying about allergies. At Best Elk Antlers, we want you to enjoy sunshine, bright flowers and playtime with your pup in the park without pesky allergens in the way. Enjoy your springtime!