Did you know that dogs can get allergies too? It’s true! Now that fall is here, dogs can start to show signs of fall allergies. About 10% of dogs develop environmental allergies, and veterinarians report that the number of cases of allergies in dogs is on the rise. Are you worried that your dog has allergies?
Some breeds of dogs are genetically more susceptible to allergies than others. The dog breed most susceptible to autumn allergies are:
- Irish Settlers
Some of the most common symptoms of allergies in pets include:
- Nasal and eye discharge
- Fur loss
- Change in fur color
- Excessive scratching
- Chewing body parts
The most commonly affected areas are the face, ears, and paws, so keep an eye on these parts of your dog for unusual symptoms.
If you think that your dog has allergies, you should consult your veterinarian. In the meantime, here are some ways to help reduce dog allergies and symptoms.
- Regular Bathing
Allergens from the outdoors can build up on your dog’s skin. To help with this, regularly bathe your pet with a hypoallergenic shampoo. This will also help moisturize the skin and wash away dirt and bacteria. Specialists recommend bathing your pet every 2-3 weeks.
- Foot Soaks
In between baths, you can help your pet’s allergies by soaking your pet’s feet at the end of any day. Pets often walk on allergies, lawn chemicals, or other irritants, which they will bring into their sleeping areas and spread through the house. Even regularly wiping their paws after walks can help.
- Thorough Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Even if you wash your pet’s feet, they will often still spread allergies to the carpets. Vacuum every 5-7 days with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum to keep allergens from building up. Have a professional carpet cleaner clean your carpets and upholstery in order to remove lingering allergens and dirt.
- Keep Windows and Doors Closed
Ragweed and other common allergens often enter your home as plants wither in the fall. Reduce the number of access points for allergens to enter your home by keeping doors and windows closed when they are not in use.
- Diets and Supplements
Some supplements such as biotin or omega-3 can decrease itching and improve the health of your dogs coat. Consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet.
- Allergy Treatments
Just like humans, pets can be tested and treated for severe allergies. If your dog’s allergies don’t seem to be getting better after taking the other steps, consult your veterinarian and ask them to test your dog for allergies so you can begin allergy treatments.
Dogs can have allergies, but they don’t have to suffer! We wish you the best of luck in helping your dogs enjoy life allergy-free!