Many people suffer from the symptoms of hay fever but have you considered that a similar condition might be affecting your pet?
Spring and summer pollens and grasses can make our canine friends quite miserable so it’s time to check for symptoms.
Symptoms include red and itchy skin, particularly on their tummy and the bottom of their feet, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and coughing.
Although canine hay fever can begin at any time throughout a dog’s life, it is generally seen in younger dogs, aged between one and three, and can occur in any breed.
Interestingly, mixed breed dogs are less likely to develop hay fever.
If your dog does develop signs of hay fever, there are some simple measures you can take to help ease their symptoms. First step would be to reduce exposure to the objects that are causing the allergic reaction.
Other steps are recommended, including;
- A cool water bath, with a vet recommended shampoo, to help remove any pollen.
- Clipping long-coated dogs to reduce the amount of hair available for pollen to cling to.
- Wipe down your dog’s legs after being out in the grass.
- Keeping your dog inside when pollens are particularly high.
- Running the air conditioner overnight to filter pollens out of your home environment.
- Visit your local veterinarian for hay fever medication.
Early diagnosis and treatment will prevent unnecessary discomfort for your much-loved pet and they can enjoy the beauty of spring – allergy free.