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Environmental Allergies in Dogs

January 19, 2021 by SPOT Pet Insurance
Dog lying in the grass.

Many of us have seasonal allergies throughout the year, but have you ever stopped to think about your dog’s allergies during the changing seasons?

Just like us, dogs can have environmental allergies. Allergies are an overreaction or hypersensitivity to a particular substance, like pollen or certain foods. Unfortunately, allergies can cause uncomfortable side effects, so today we are breaking down the signs of environmental allergies in dogs and how to ease your pup’s discomfort!

Spring Environmental Allergies in Dogs

Environmental allergies are common among all dog breeds, especially in the springtime when many plants are blooming. Springtime allergens are often inhaled, but skin contact with allergens can aggravate seasonal allergies further.

Some of the most prominent spring allergens for dogs include:

  • Pollen
  • Grass
  • Mold spores
  • Dust mites
  • Insect proteins (ie. saliva)
  • Weeds

Signs of Environmental Allergies in Dogs

Environmental allergies can cause a variety of uncomfortable side effects in your dog. Itchiness is the most common side effect of springtime, environmental allergies in dogs. Unlike humans who tend to get itchy eyes, dogs are more likely to have itchy, inflamed skin.

Here are a few other allergy side effects to watch out for:

  • Itchy ears
  • Paw licking
  • Hives
  • Swollen eyes, lips, eyelids, or earflaps
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Constant licking
  • Diarrhea

If you notice your pup has some of the above symptoms, reach out to your veterinarian to have them checked out for an official diagnosis, and to receive personalized treatment advice. (1)

How Can I Help My Dog’s Environmental Allergies?

Environmental allergies are difficult to treat. No matter how much you try, it’s nearly impossible to eliminate your dog’s exposure to pollen or other airborne allergens. However, there are various at-home remedies that you can use to ease your dog’s springtime allergies.

  • Frequent bathing to remove pollen, spores, and other allergens from their fur and face.
  • Wipe down your pup’s paws before they come inside to reduce allergens inside your home.
  • Temporarily decrease their outdoor time and walks while the seasons change. Swap this time for fun games, puzzle toys, or other distractions to keep them from becoming bored.
  • Anti-histamine medications. Your veterinarian may recommend anti-histamine medicines to ease their allergies. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your pet medication.
  • Flea killing products. If your dog is allergic to flea bites or saliva, a flea killing product may prevent or reduce their exposure to this allergen.
  • Avoid grass and other foliage if possible. Try to keep your dog from digging or rolling around in the grass to help reduce their allergen exposure.

Allergies can be frustrating for your pup. If your dog is experiencing side effects from their environmental allergies, speak with your veterinarian for personalized advice on treating your pup. (2)

A happy dog is a healthy dog. Keep up with your pup’s regular veterinary care and take your dog in for a visit if you observe abnormal behavior.

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