How Can I Help my Dog with Seasonal Allergies?
Many of us don’t realize that dogs are just as susceptible to seasonal allergies as we are. Spring and summer are a prime time of year for seasonal allergies to hit with everything from pollen to grass to the increased risk of mold during warmer months affecting our dogs.
Allergies are miserable for anybody and nothing is worse than watching your favorite furry friend suffer from them. Short of telling your dog how much of a good dog they are and how much you love them, there’s not much we can do to prevent their seasonal allergies. However, we can make changes to their lifestyle to help them cope more effectively with their seasonal allergies.
Let’s break down the lifestyle changes I wish I had known about earlier that have been a big help in reducing my dog’s discomfort from their seasonal allergies!
Common Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies in Dogs
First of all, let’s take a look at the most common seasonal allergy symptoms that your dog could be experiencing.
Watch out for common symptoms like:
- Unusual and frequent scratching – Seasonal allergies can cause a lot of skin discomfort, particularly in creased parts of their body such as their ears, tail, and toes.
- Itchy, watery eyes – Like humans, this is a common allergy symptom in dogs.
- Red or irritated skin – Watch out for irritated skin, especially in areas of their body that may be rubbing against the ground or grass, like their belly.
- Sneezing – Sneezing is a result of a disrupted respiratory system from inhaling irritants, like pollen.
- Discharge from their nose – This is one way that dogs’ immune systems attempt to defend them from the allergens they’ve been exposed to.
- Serious reactions – Your dog may try to scratch or bite their skin for relief which can then make them susceptible to bacterial infections.
If your dog shows more extreme reactions, like the following, we strongly recommend reaching out to your veterinarian.
Watch out for:
- Swelling of their face, eyelids, ears, or lips
Home Remedies for Dogs’ Seasonal Allergies
Less Time Outside
Your dog may not be as pleased with this option, but keeping your dog indoors more during peak allergy season is a great way to limit their exposure to allergens.
Make this more fun for your dog by coming up with creative ways to keep them engaged indoors, such as playing games, giving them special attention throughout the day, and helping them release extra energy through indoor exercises.
When you do take your dog outside, make sure to wipe them down with a damp cloth to prevent them from bringing more pollen and allergens indoors with them. Pay special attention to cleaning their feet. This will help them to avoid getting allergens into their eyes, nose, and mouth when they scratch.
When they’re not playing, dogs certainly love their naps! Help your dog deal with their seasonal allergies by regularly cleaning their bedding.
Dogs tend to press their face into their blankets or beds, which creates a good opportunity for allergens to irritate their skin, eyes, ears, and mouth further. Help them avoid this by frequently cleaning their dog beds and swapping their blankets out as much as possible. Having an extra clean blanket or two on hand will make this even easier!
With your dog suffering from seasonal allergies, it’s likely that multiple parts of their body, such as their sinuses, will be inflamed. It’s important that we look at ways to alleviate inflammation from the inside out. A healthy diet is absolutely crucial for reducing inflammation and optimizing your pup’s immune system and overall health.
Watch out for artificial ingredients in your dog’s food! Many artificial ingredients can compromise a dog’s health, cause inflammation, and other undesirable side effects.
Foods like sweet potatoes, broccoli, squash, pumpkin, and other vegetables are wonderful anti-inflammatory foods for dogs. All of Pet Plate’s meals feature anti-inflammatory vegetables and no artificial ingredients, making them great meals for dogs suffering from allergies.
Pet Plate meals are also wonderful for a healthier coat due to the essential fatty acids and oils they contain, which can help with the unfortunate itchiness many dogs have when they’re suffering from allergies.
Watch Their Feet!
When you take your dog outside, pay special attention to their feet which will come into direct contact with many allergens on the ground. Try treating your dog to a foot soak to avoid allergens and dirt building up on their feet. This will keep your floors cleaner and you’ll help prevent the spread of allergens throughout your home.
Simply dip their feet in a large bucket of water, a bathtub, or sink. It’s recommended to keep your dog’s feet submerged for around two to five minutes to allow allergens to be washed away.
To prevent the need for a foot soak, you could also place dog booties on your dog before going outside. Then all you need to do is remove your dog’s shoes before they come back inside!
Change Your Air Filters and Clean Off Your Fans
Along with keeping your floors as clean as possible, consider how clean the air in your home is. Check your air filters regularly to make sure there isn’t a buildup of dust.
We also recommend taking a look at your fans. It’s shocking how much dust can build up on them! Fans are crucial to air circulation, so it’s very important to check that they aren’t worsening the spread of allergens throughout your home.
Treatments for Dogs’ Seasonal Allergies
Depending on your dog, they may love or hate this suggestion!
When your dog is experiencing seasonal allergies, it’s crucial to keep them as clean as possible to avoid allergens building up on their body. When they have a buildup of allergens on their fur and skin, this can cause a lot of skin irritation, more scratching, and the spread of allergens in your home.
Try giving your dog a weekly bath to avoid this problem. Using a gentle dog shampoo during their bath can help you to clean them more thoroughly. Look for dog shampoos marked for sensitive or itchy skin, gentle wash formulas, or allergy specific options.
One of the best ways to manage your dog’s seasonal allergies is by preventing allergens from coming in or remaining in your home. Since dogs are especially close to the ground, keeping your floors clean is crucial to help relieve their symptoms.
Regularly vacuuming your home will do wonders for minimizing your pup’s allergies. Just make sure they’re not in the room when you’re vacuuming!
Many dogs don’t like being around the noise anyways, but it’s important that they are not exposed to the allergens and dust being stirred up as you’re vacuuming.
Anti-Itch Creams & Leave In Conditioners
If your dog is still experiencing itchy skin after you’ve tried giving them baths and keeping them and your home as allergen free as possible, try looking for specific anti-itch products.
There are countless options on the market, but anti-itch creams or leave-in conditioners after a bath can really help your dog’s irritated skin. Preventing scratching is very important because incessant scratching can result in open skin, leaving your dog vulnerable to infections.
There are also many medicated product options ranging from dog shampoos, creams, conditioners, and more if your dog continues to be in a lot of discomfort from their seasonal allergies.
When To See A Veterinarian
If your dog’s seasonal allergies continue to worsen or they’re experiencing extreme discomfort and scratching themselves constantly, we recommend reaching out to your veterinarian to confirm that they are truly experiencing seasonal allergies and that there is no underlying medical problem.
Seasonal allergies are not usually harmful to dogs, just a bit uncomfortable, so it’s important to note if your dog is experiencing great discomfort or shows signs of being sick, like vomiting or diarrhea.
Definitely contact your veterinarian should your dog be experiencing these symptoms or if you have additional concerns about their health and well-being.
Seasonal allergies are never fun as nobody likes to feel itchy, have a runny nose, or irritated eyes. It’s hard watching our cute fur friends experience these symptoms, but we can do our best to alleviate their discomfort so that they can still enjoy spring and summertime!
One of the most effective ways to help your dog’s overall health, immune system, and ability to deal with their allergies is through a healthy diet free of artificial ingredients and filled with anti-inflammatory, healthy coat promoting ingredients.
Don’t wait! Get your beloved pup an amazing meal plan that will have them licking their chops, while supporting their overall health and immune system.