Whether you are upset with a runny nose, itchy eyes, or endless sneezing, it can be difficult to handle a year in the year. Just like their fathers, some dogs experience the severe effects of seasonal allergies as well. Some dogs experience itchy and swollen skin, while others experience diarrhea and vomiting.
Define seasonal allergies
An allergy is an allergy that we may encounter in everyday life, such as dust and mold. While some dogs will never interact with these allergies, others may have a mild to a very strong reaction. When this happens, the immune system will discover that allergies are harmful, and it will release histamine that may lead to swelling, itching, and inflammation. Seasonal allergies are those that occur during different times of the year, but they do not occur throughout the year.
What causes seasonal allergies?
There are a number of things that can cause a puppy to experience seasonal allergies. Some dogs are allergic to mold, dust, pollen, trees, flea saliva, fungi, herbs, grass, and feathers.
Are some dog breeds prone to allergies?
Some strains have a higher possibility than others for seasonal allergies. They include American Pit Bull Terrier, German Shepherd, Brussels Griffon, Bichon Frize, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Bull Terrier, Maltese, Golden Retriever, and Labrador Retriever.
Signs of seasonal allergies in dogs
If your dog suffers from seasonal allergies, he may constantly scratch himself, have itching, runny eyes, chew at his feet, sneeze, suffer from hair loss, suffer from ear infections, suffer from diarrhea or vomiting, rub or scratch his face, and lick himself. You may also notice an inflammatory response on his skin – itchy, red, or wet.
Seasonal allergy test in dogs
If you think your dog has seasonal allergies, you can take him to the vet for some tests. The vet will perform a so-called allergy test inside the skin, also known as a skin test. Ideally, you will not give your dog antihistamines or corticosteroids for one to two weeks before taking the test, as it can alter the results. It is recommended that you do not feed your dog eight to 12 hours before the exam.
When your dog goes to the vet for a test, he will be given a mild intravenous sedative in order to relax him. It is not an anesthetic, and it is completely safe. In fact, your dog will be awake and able to respond to you and your veterinarian throughout the testing process, which takes only about 30 minutes.
The vet will perform a number of injections into the dog’s skin to see what they are allergic to. If he already has an allergy, red cells will appear on his skin.
Treatment and prevention of seasonal allergies
Fortunately, you can make a few simple changes to combat seasonal allergies to your dog. Try the following to see what works and helps your dog feel better.
Avoid walking at certain times
Do not walk your dog in the early morning or late afternoon if he is allergic to pollen, as pollen levels are at their highest levels. When returning home from walking, you can wipe the dog’s coat and paws with a damp cloth or fragrance-free cleaning piece, because this is a quick way to get rid of allergens in your dog.
Take a shower
When your dog is dirty, be sure to give him a bath to clean up allergens as well. He may need frequent showers in warmer months because he will be outdoors a lot. To avoid more skin problems, use only dog shampoo – especially a soothing shampoo made with oatmeal – or a dog-friendly human shampoo like Dr. Brunner. Avoid any other kind of human shampoo, because humans and dogs have different levels of pH in their skin and cannot tolerate the same ingredients.
Invest in flea prevention
If your dog is allergic to flea saliva, use flea treatment such as flea collar, flea pill, topical applications, and flea shampoo. You should ask your veterinarian for advice because some dogs cannot handle certain types of treatment if they are older, have a medical condition or are pregnant.
Get over-the-counter medications
You can also give your dog over-the-counter medications like antihistamines, Tylenol, and ibuprofen to help with symptoms of seasonal allergies. Just watch out for decongestants or pseudoephedrine, which your dog should never take. Since the dose of humans and dogs is different, ask your veterinarian how much you should give your puppy once the symptoms are recognized.
Try fish oil
A more natural prevention and treatment technique are to give your dog fish oil supplements, which contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Supplements will reduce inflammation as well as reduce hot spots, treat dandruff and itchy skin. Some of the benefits your dog will experience from taking fish oil supplements are getting a healthy coat and skin and feeling less shedding.
Keep the house clean
If your puppy is allergic to dust, be sure to keep your house clean. You should frequently use the vacuum cleaner, use an air purifier, dust surfaces, and a mop, and use natural detergents that will not bother your dog more.
Natural treatments for dogs that can help combat symptoms of seasonal allergies:
Bromelain and papain
Bromelain and papain are proteolytic enzymes, which is a great way to say they break down protein. Bromelain comes from pineapple, and the two doors come from papaya.
- It helps increase the absorption of quercetin, which is why it is often sold together. Bromelain and papain also reduce pain and inflammation in the mucous membranes and other parts of the body.
- It must be used with quercetin for best results.
Quercetin is a flavonoid, which is basically a compound in plants that gives fruits and vegetables their colorful dyes.
- Quercetin has anti-oxidant, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps fight cellular activity associated with inflammation, which reduces itching.
- It is also used to treat asthma and breathing problems because it reduces inflammation. Quercetin also has properties that prevent cancer.
- Supplements come in the form of tablets and capsules. To get the correct dose in milligrams, take your dog’s weight, multiply it by 1,000 mg, then divide it by 125.
Do not use oats if the dog is itchy due to a yeast infection. Oats are a source of carbohydrates, making yeast only thrive.
- However, if the pup itch is caused by an allergy, the oatmeal bath may be very soothing. Boil oat straw in the water and mix it with a dog bath.
- This will reduce itching, and the bath itself will be helpful in removing many allergens that can be present on the dog’s skin or trapped in its coat.
When using aloe vera for your dog, make sure that you do not use the whole leaf. The paper contains saponins, the yellow or orange substance found in the shell, and it is a laxative that can make your dog sick. Use only gel.
- If you are buying aloe vera gel from the store instead of getting it directly from the plant, it should be fine.
- Aloe vera has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for treating burns, itching and hot spots when applied to the skin. If the dog has itching, apply the gel to the affected areas.
- The cooling effect often reduces discomfort instantly. It should be applied twice a day.
Thyme contains flavonoids that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has antiseptic and antifungal properties, which makes it great for use when skin and yeast infections are common, like your dog’s fingers.
- If you notice your dog chewing his paws, try making an infusion of dry or fresh thyme and applying it to the affected areas. Make sure it goes deeper between the toes as well.
Chickweed has anti-inflammatory properties that make it good for treating itching and hot spots.
- Chickweed Gel can be applied topically and has a gentle cooling effect which makes it good for use in hot weather. It can also be used to treat small insect bites, rashes or eczema.
Apple acid vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used to rinse the paws of the dog that will remove some pollen and allergens that accumulate. It is also effective in fighting some of the skin rashes and itching caused by a yeast infection and can be used as a cleanser for the dog’s ears.
- If you use it in a spray, you can spray it directly on the itchy areas for some relief. However, it should not be used on open wounds or bites.
Coconut oil has many benefits for your dog, but it also contains lauric acid, which reduces yeast production. Contributes to healthy skin and reduces flea allergy.
- When used with fish oil in your dog’s diet, coconut oil can help suppress the inflammatory responses that come with allergies.
- Coconut oil’s anti-viral and antibacterial properties reduce itchy skin and have added benefits such as helping digestion problems and boosting the immune system.
Can dogs be allergic to pollen?
Dogs can have direct contact with allergens from pollen, by simply touching those specific plants with their face or feet. But they can also inhale pollen from the air. Either way, the allergy to dog pollen is the result of an overactive reaction of the immune system, in dogs and humans.
What does a dog allergy look like?
In a dog, the most common allergy-related symptom is itchy skin, either local (in one area) or general (all over the body). In some cases, symptoms include the respiratory system, coughing, sneezing and/or wheezing. Sometimes, there may be a runny eye or nose.