Can My Dog Have Seasonal Allergies?
The short answer here is yes! Your dog can suffer from seasonal allergies just like a human can—and those allergies can get particularly bad in the spring and summer when your pet is exposed to more potential allergens such as pollen. So how do you know when your pet is being affected by seasonal allergies and what can you do to ease their symptoms? The pros at Germantown Vet are here to help!
If your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies in the Montgomery County, MD area, get relief today! Contact Germantown Vet by dialing (240) 252-7467!
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms in Dogs
Your dog will exhibit allergy symptoms in the following places:
- Eyes – allergens can enter your dog’s eyes and cause redness and discharge. You may notice your dog attempting to relieve the itch with his or her paws or even by rubbing his or her face on different surfaces, such as the edge of the couch.
- Nose – allergies just seem to make everyone sneeze! If your pup is sneezing a lot after being outside and experiencing nasal discharge, seasonal allergies could be the culprit.
- Ears – the ears are another place where allergens may enter the body, and your pet may scratch at his or her ears or shake his or her head to try and relieve the irritation. The ears tend to be particularly uncomfortable for pets, and allergens can cause itchiness, redness, discharge, inflammation, and pain.
- Throat – many pets suffering from seasonal allergies will cough, gag, and swallow excessively—that’s because the same allergens that can get into your dog’s nose can get into the mouth. The nasal discharge can drip down into the throat and cause irritation as well.
- Skin – a very common symptom of seasonal allergies for pets is skin irritation. Your pet will probably scratch, chew, and lick in an attempt to relieve the symptoms—he or she may even develop “hot spots” of irritation where they are licking and scratching excessively.
If your pet is experiencing any of the listed symptoms, talk to one of our veterinarians about a treatment plan!
How to Treat Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergies
So what can you do to help relieve your pet’s seasonal allergies?
- Visit the vet – the first thing you should do is schedule a trip to visit Germantown Vet. Our knowledgeable staff can help you diagnose your pet and determine if seasonal allergies are the reason for all your dog’s symptoms. If so, we can recommend a number of different treatment options.
- Give regular baths – giving your dog a bath approximately once a week can significantly reduce the effect of environmental allergens.
- Administer antihistamines – your veterinarian may recommend administering an antihistamine for your dog to limit his or her allergy symptoms. Your vet will prescribe a specific dosage for your pet’s size and it’s important you stick to that dosage—dogs can’t handle the same amount of an antihistamine that a human can.
If these treatment options don’t work, your veterinarian can suggest more options, such as cortisone or steroid shots to relieve extreme itchiness. Talk to one of the pros at Germantown Vet to learn more.
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