• Laura Lynn O’Nan, Education Coordinator

Dogs suffer from allergies too

Fall is right around the corner and so are plant-borne allergens that show themselves in the most irritating ways. Did you know your pets can suffer from seasonal allergies?

As the leaves begin to fall and the weeds dry out, more and more plant particles are released into the air where they are inhaled by our beloved pups. Outdoor fall festivities can become a miserable experience for suffering dogs looking for relief.

When inhaled, plant allergens become trapped deep within the sinus cavity. Dust and plant particles tickle and irritate the lining of the nasal cavities, causing all sorts of issues. There is a wide array of symptoms associated with seasonal dog allergies including, but not limited to, hives, sneezing, swelling in the face, runny eyes, and itchiness. The most common symptom recognized by pet owners is itchy skin. It can cause your pup to scratch and rub and chew themselves red and raw.

What can you do to bring comfort back to your dog and help them overcome the aggravating symptoms associated with seasonal allergies? As a first step, make an appointment with your veterinarian. They can help pinpoint or rule out why your dog is showing these symptoms. If it is found that allergies are the cause of the issues, medications may be prescribed to help relieve the pesky symptoms. If your dog is suffering from itchy skin, you may also be sent home with a medicated shampoo to help soothe the itch. Reducing your dog’s exposure to plant born allergens can be tricky. Pollen is everywhere. Even with minimal time outside during potty breaks and playtime, our canine friends are still vulnerable to suffering. Here are a few ways to help cut down symptoms: Keep windows closed, run an air purifier in the home, keep your dog out of tall grass and weeded areas, put a jacket on your dog during potty breaks and walks and run a damp rag down the sides, back and legs of your pooch after exposure to the outdoors. This may help remove some clingy allergy causing plant particles from their fur.

If you suspect your dog may have seasonal allergies, always consult your veterinarian. Relief is just an office visit away. Once a prevention regimen is put into place your four-legged best friend will be right back to their normal self. For more information on pet care, contact us atmanager@woodfordhumane.org.

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