The spring season is in full swing, and while that means longer days, milder weather and more time outdoors for you and your pet, it can also mean allergies, particularly for dogs. According to WebMD, if your dog is experiencing the following symptoms, he or she could be suffering from allergies:
- Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
- Increased scratching
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Itchy back or base of tail
- Itchy ears and ear infections
- Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
- Paw chewing/swollen paws
- Constant licking
Many different things can cause allergies, and pinpointing the culprit can be tricky. Common allergens include grass and pollens, dust, mold, dander, cleaning products and perfumes. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you suspect your pet may be suffering from an environmental allergy:
- Wash your pet’s bedding regularly to keep it clean and dust-free.
- Consider using an air-purifier in your home to help filter out dust, pollen or mold.
- Fleas can turn into a big problem quickly, so maintain a flea control program year-round.
- Try to track when your pet started experiencing symptoms. Was it after you changed your laundry detergent brand, or used a different household cleaner? If so, your pet may be allergic to an ingredient in the new product.
- Keep your pet on a high quality diet. Proper nutrition supports a healthy immune system, and a strong immune system can help pets fight off allergies. Choose natural and organic diets— they are minimally processed and contain no artificial colors or preservatives. Also, look for foods that contain sources of Omega Fatty Acids, which contribute to healthy skin and coat.
As with any medical concern, you should seek help from your veterinarian to isolate the cause of your pet’s symptoms. Developing an appropriate treatment plan will help you and your pet enjoy the spring and summer seasons.