Spring allergens for dogs.

Spring Allergens for Dogs

Posted Mar 29, 2018 in Seasonal

Now that spring is here, you and your dog can get outside and enjoy the beautiful warm weather. While it may be nice to enjoy the warm temps, there can also be some negatives to springtime. One of the main issues people and dogs alike deal with in the spring is allergies. Runny noses, watery eyes, and sneezing are all common problems for the average adult in the spring. Luckily, there are plenty medications or treatments your dog can take to relive their symptoms. But you need to know how to spot the biggest allergy issues so that you can help treat them. Here are some signs to look out for to see if your dog has allergies! 

Red and Itchy Skin

A big symptom of allergies that dogs can face in the spring is itchy and red skin. When your dog is scratching or itching more than usual or to the extreme, especially after they’ve been outside for a while, allergies could be the cause. Areas that are exposed the most to the grass/pollen- stomach, feet, etc. can also be the worst, getting very red and irritated. If these areas have a rash or hives, the grass or pollen could be causing the irritation.

Hot Spots or Hair Loss

When your pup is continuously being exposed to something they are allergic to (grass, pollen), such as the example above, sometimes they can develop hot spots or suffer from some hair loss in those areas. After a extended period of time, this area of the skin becomes inflamed from the allergen, which will cause it to become red and even bleed. If you notice your dog has hair loss and hot spots, they are probably very allergic to something in their immediate environment and are interacting with every day.

Licking

Your dog may lick themselves on occasion, but excessive licking is something to draw concern. Licking and rubbing is less common in dogs, so you should be able to notice this easily. Besides licking way more than normal, if they are rubbing their body against couches or the floor, this could be them trying to relieve an itch. This itch and irritation is probably caused by an allergy. 

Eyes and Ears

If your dog’s eyes are getting irritated, puffy, or red after being outside, this is a pretty clear sign they have allergies that are related to their environment. Dogs can also have allergies that affect their ears. Sometimes their ears will become infected, which will lead them to smell bad and be red. Another key sign their allergies have infected their ears is that they will shake their head often. This is their way of trying to relieve the irritation in their ears. If your dog is frequently shaking their head or not allowing you to pet them on the head, they may be experiencing allergies.

If you are noticing any of these signs, get your dog into the vet. Your vet can prescribe medication or give you tips to reduce the effects. Remember to keep an eye on your dog in the springtime! 

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