Written By: Tiffany Ruiz Dasilva, VMD, cVMA | Professional Services Veterinarian, Wild Earth
While many of us (fur babies included) have been long awaiting springtime, for others this means one thing – seasonal allergies. Just like humans, dogs can be affected by a variety of allergens in the environment, such as pollen, mold spores, and dust mites. These allergens can cause a range of symptoms, including itchiness, redness, and inflammation. As a pet parent, it’s important to understand the signs of seasonal allergies in your furry friend and how to manage them. If your dog has seasonal allergies, you will likely see these symptoms flare during a certain time of the year – such as spring.
The benefits of a healthy diet:
A change in diet may not directly help with environmental allergies in dogs, it can indirectly improve their overall health and immune system, which may help reduce the severity of their allergy symptoms. In some cases, dogs may have food sensitivities or allergies that can contribute to skin inflammation and make them more susceptible to environmental allergens. Therefore, feeding your dog a well-balanced diet that is free from common allergens, such as chicken, beef, and dairy, may help reduce the inflammation in their body and make them less susceptible to environmental allergens. Additionally, a high-quality diet can also help strengthen your dog’s immune system and promote healthy skin and coat, which can make them better able to tolerate environmental allergens. For example, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce skin inflammation and improve the overall health of your dog’s skin and coat. Our Wild Earth dog food options are perfectly formulated to meet the needs of your dog all year round.
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies in Dogs
The symptoms of seasonal allergies in dogs can vary, but some of the most common signs include:
- Itching and scratching: If your dog is constantly scratching or biting at their skin, it could be a sign of seasonal allergies. The itching is typically most severe around the face, feet, underarms, ears and belly.
- Red, inflamed skin: Allergies can cause your dog’s skin to become red, swollen, and hot to the touch. This can also lead to secondary infections if left untreated.
- Watery eyes: Just like in humans, seasonal allergies can cause your dog’s eyes to water and become irritated.
- Sneezing and coughing: Some dogs with seasonal allergies may also experience sneezing and coughing, just like humans.
- Ear infections: Dogs with allergies are more prone to ear infections, which can cause discomfort and pain.
Helping Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
If you suspect that your dog has seasonal allergies here are a few tips to help you help them:
- Wipe down with a moist towel: Use a moist towel to wipe down your dog’s paws and coat when they come in from outside to remove any allergens that may have accumulated on their coat and between their toes.
- Environmental changes: Making changes to your dog’s environment can also help reduce their exposure to allergens. You can use air filters to reduce the amount of pollen and other allergens in your home.
- Speak to your vet: If your dog is showing signs of allergies such as those mentioned above, it’s important to take them to the vet for a proper diagnosis.
Your vet may recommend a number of different treatments, depending on the severity of your dog’s symptoms. Some possible treatments your vet may recommend are:
- Medications: Apoquel, Cytopoint, antihistamines, steroids, and other medications can help reduce your dog’s allergic reaction and relieve their symptoms.
- Allergy shots: Some dogs may benefit from allergy shots, which can help desensitize them to the allergens that trigger their symptoms.
- Diet: In some cases, a change in diet can help reduce your dog’s allergy symptoms.
Seasonal allergies can be a frustrating problem for both dogs and their owners, but with proper management, you can help your furry friend feel more comfortable. If you suspect that your dog has seasonal allergies, it’s important to work with your vet to develop a treatment plan that addresses their specific needs. With the right care, you can help your dog live a happy and healthy life, free from the discomfort of seasonal allergies.
Tiffany Ruiz Dasilva, VMD, cVMA
Dr. Tiffany Ruiz Dasilva is the Professional Services Veterinarian here at Wild Earth. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Brown University, and attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduation, she has worked in general practice, on telehealth platforms, and in animal rehabilitation. She has worked tirelessly to gain expertise in the field of canine nutrition through numerous certifications and coursework, and plans to pursue her Masters in Animal Nutrition.