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.
When you return home, wipe your dog’s body and paws with a moist cloth. This will remove excess pollen and other allergens from your dog’s fur and skin without the hassle of a full bath. Pay special attention to the paws, as the sensitive skin there is often affected by allergens. Another solution is to put pet boots on your dog’s paws to prevent them from stepping in irritants and then tracking them into your house.
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.
Don’t let Springtime allergies keep you and your dog indoors. Enjoy the outdoors as much as you want now that you have some helpful tips and tricks to keep the allergies at bay.
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