February 17, 2020
Spring is the season in which flowers and plants come back to life. Unfortunately, the beauty of Spring is accompanied by pollen, dust, bugs and other allergens that can make your eyes water and your skin crawl. Our furry friends can also become a victim of the symptoms of allergies. Read on to learn some of the things that you can do to recognize, prevent and alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
Similar to humans, there is a wide range of allergens that can affect your dog, but the most common allergies seen in dogs (and humans) are:
Humans can display a wide range of allergy symptoms, but in dogs, we mostly see itchy skin as a response to the most common types of allergens. Dogs can also display the following symptoms as a response to allergies:
If possible, avoid walking your dog in the early morning or late afternoon, when pollen levels are typically highest. Steer clear of fields and parks where offending plants are common.
Inside your home, regularly change air filters to cut down on airborne allergens that enter through open doors and windows. Running an air conditioner or a dehumidifier will help remove moisture from interior air, making it harder for allergens to settle in your home. Investing in high allergen air filters also helps reduce irritants in your house as well. Also, vacuum at least once a week, and remember to clean curtains and rugs that may have picked up dust and pollen.