Seasonal Dog Allergies: Diagnosis & Remedies3 min read
Dog Seasonal Allergies
Similar to humans, dogs may experience seasonal allergies too. Their symptoms are often like our allergy symptoms too like rashes and itchy skin. Typically, dog’s absorb the majority of their allergies through their skin or paws, so it can be especially helpful to wipe off your dog’s paws in the spring.
Signs of Seasonal Allergies in Dogs:
As compared to food allergies, seasonal allergies in dogs occur only at certain times of the year. They can be caused by a variety of allergens like dust, dander, trees, weeds, dust mites, pollen, grass, or fleas. As your dog gets older, their allergies may become year-round as compared to seasonal.
- Skin problems (e.g. itchiness or rashes)
- Ear infections
- Hair loss
- Decreased appetite
- Lesions on the top or underside of the feet
To be sure your dog has seasonal allergies we recommend they be test with a skin test at the vet.
Dog Skin Allergies Home Remedies
- The omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help reduce inflammation, improve the skin’s barrier, and reduce joint pain and cardiac problems.
Flea control and prevention
- Your dog may be allergic to flea saliva. Flea infestations can be difficult, so prevention is key. If you already have a flea infestation you will need to do a thorough cleaning of your home and bedding. See our flea control and prevention guide for details.
- Oat baths can help soothe your dog’s skin irritation and itching. Add 1 cup of crushed, unflavored oatmeal to a tub or large bucket of warm bathwater. Allow your dog to chew on a bone to distract them while they soak for at least 10 minutes. Rinse your dog and towel dry them off before you send them to play soothed and content!
- Coconut oil on your dog’s skin rashes can help soothe the rash, improve the bacterial properties of the skin barrier, and reduce itching. Add a bit of organic virgin coconut oil to the irritated skin patches one to two times a day.
Dog Allergies Treatment at the Vet
Vet prescribed medicines
- After testing for allergies, your vet may prescribe your dog medicine: antihistamines, steroids, or antibiotics. Antihistamines help reduce itching and reduce the allergy symptoms. Steroids quickly reduce itching, but they have a variety side effects that may not suit for all dogs. Lastly, antibiotics may be prescribed if your dog’s skin is inflamed, red, or with bald patches with a crusty edge.
Allergy Relief for Dogs
Clean bedding weekly
- Prevent the accumulation of allergens in their towels, blankets, plush toys, and bedding by washing their bedding once a week in hot water.
Avoid walking early in the morning or late in the afternoon
- At these times, pollen levels are usually at their highest. Avoid fields and parks especially at these times, where your dog may run into more pollen. Once home, wipe your dog’s feet with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water, or at a minimum, a water spritz.
Keep your home clean
- By vacuuming your home, you can help your rugs, curtains, and carpets free of dust and pollen. Also regularly change your air filters to reduce the number of airborne allergens entering the home.
Try these seasonal allergy support supplements for your dog today!