Managing Hayfever in Dogs
Symptoms of hay-fever in dogs are mostly similar to those suffered by humans but some are uniquely canine. They can range from itching a rash on the face or feet, to hair loss due to excessive scratching. Watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing are also indications that your dog could be suffering from a seasonal allergy.
A dog can develop hay-fever at any time in their life. With different allergens developing seasonally, there is potential for your dog to be affected all year round. The main irritants are: tree pollen from late March to mid-May, grass pollen from mid-May to July and weed pollen from June to September. Added to this, your dog could be allergic to dust mites all year round too!
How Can you Help?
If you feel hay fever symptoms and see pollen levels rise, your dog will probably be suffering as well. Here’s how you can help him:
- Wipe your dog with a damp towel to remove any pollen. Begin with his head, ears and chin, then clean his legs, then paws and tail.
- Bathe your dog in cool water to soothe itchy skin.
- Keep grooming him often, brush fur to remove irritants. Make sure his coat is clipped so it is less likely to pick up seeds when he is out and about.
- Wash your dog’s bedding weekly. Use a hot wash to eradicate pollen and ensure it is fully dry before replacing it.
- Check the weather forecast and try to stay indoors if the pollen count is high.
If your dog’s symptoms are especially severe, please ask your vet for advice.
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