As you probably know, spring is one of the peak times for allergies. This is an issue for both people and pups! As many as 20 percent of our canine pals develop allergies at some point in their lives. A Roanoke, VA vet offers some insight on doggy allergies below.
Fido can be allergic to any number of things. However, environmental allergens, such as dust and pollen, are quite widespread … especially in spring. Some common culprits here are tree pollen, particularly ash, cedar, and oak; grass; weeds, such as ragweed; dust; mold; and mildew. Fido may also be allergic to insect bites and/or substances inside the home. Food allergies are also not uncommon. These typically involve a specific sort of protein, such as chicken, beef, or egg.
Fido can develop allergies at any point in his life. However, most allergies appear once pups are six months or older, usually when dogs are at least a year old. Keep an eye out for signs of allergies. Itchiness is one of the most common ones. Fido may lick or bite himself, or rub up against things … including you. Some other red flags include red, runny eyes, sneezing, snoring, and stubborn ear infections. Your furry friend may also have red, irritated skin; hives; or hot spots; and he may shed more than usual. You may also notice wheezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing, or, in case of food allergies, vomiting or diarrhea. Contact your vet right away if you notice any of these things.
How To Help
There are a few things you can do to help keep your canine companion more comfortable. One option would be to download a pollen tracking app. Limit your cute pet’s outdoor time when levels are high. You may also want to wipe Fido’s paws and belly down when you bring him in from outdoors. This will get pollen and dust out of his fur, reducing or even preventing further reactions. Oatmeal baths can also be beneficial, as are certain supplements. Medications, such as antihistamines, are another option. However, you should never give your pooch anything without checking with your vet first. Many human medications are toxic to our furry companion! Ask your vet for specific care tips.
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Roanoke, VA animal clinic, today!