Keep Dogs Comfortable During Fall
Did you know that dogs can develop environmental allergies? In fact, it’s been reported that about 10% of dogs will develop these allergies every year. Fall is especially hard on them with the changing of the season. It can be hard to know if your dog is having an allergy attack so here are some common clinical signs of pet allergies.
- Extreme loss of fur
- Incessant sneezing
- Regular coughing
- Frequent nasal and eye discharge
- Change in fur color
- Excessive scratching and licking
- Chewing of body parts.
The most commonly affected areas are the face, ears, and paws. This is because these areas come in contact with areas filled with allergens like grass and leaves.
Types of Breeds Most Affected
Some breeds of dogs are genetically more likely to contract allergies. These breeds include:
- Irish Settlers
How to Combat All of the Allergies
- Give Them Regular Baths
Using a hypoallergenic shampoo, bathe your pet regularly during the fall months. Bathing helps to not only remove allergens but also moisturize the skin and wash away dirt and bacteria. Most experts would recommend a bath every 2-3 weeks.
- Soak Their Feet
Soaking your pet’s feet at the end of any day where they have been in contact with allergies, lawn chemicals, or other irritants can significantly lessen what they track around their sleeping areas. Even regularly wiping their paws after walks can help.
- Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Getting your carpets and upholstery regularly cleaned by a professional can make a huge difference. Professionals can eliminate the allergens lingering in your carpets and furniture. Then maintain your clean surfaces by vacuuming every 5-7 days with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum.
- Close Windows and Doors
Ragweed and other common allergens are easily transferred into the home as plants continue to wither in the fall. Reduce the number of access points for allergens to enter your home by keeping doors and windows closed.
- Diets and Supplements
Supplements such as biotin or omega-3 can decrease itching and improve the health of your dog’s coat.
- Allergy Treatments
Just like humans, pets can be tested and treated for severe allergies. There are two main methods of treatment:
- Injection: Depending on the severity of the pet’s allergies, owners may need to give their pets a shot every few days, gradually decreasing the amount over time.
- Sublingual Immunotherapy under the Tongue (SLIT): Instead of giving an injection, owners squeeze a pump of medication into the pet’s mouth.
Always consult your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet or introducing new medical treatments!