Dogs get hay fever too
As we approach warmer days, many of us will now be all too familiar with the dreaded hay fever. Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a type of inflammation which occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens in the air. Typically, it’s triggered by environmental allergens such as pollen, pet hair, dust or mold and peaks in spring and summer. But, did you know that dogs get hay fever too?
What are the symptoms of dog hay fever?
Sudden sneezing and a runny nose on a summer’s day out with your furry friend can only mean one thing…hay fever has hit. But, since our pets’ immune systems are not the same as ours, dogs present symptoms differently and will most likely become very itchy all over their bodies. The most commonly affected areas of the skin include the armpits, the groin, the base of the dog’s tail, the feet and the sides of the face. You should also watch out for other signs of canine hay fever which include:
- Bald spots
- Rash on the face and paws
- Ear infections
- Scabs and lumps in the skin
Which dogs are more likely to get hay fever?
Some dog breeds are particularly prone to hay fever because of their genetic makeup such as their nose shape and coat type. Breeds that are most likely to be affected include but are not limited to, West Highland Terriers, Dalmations, Schnauzers, and Boxers.
When it comes to age and hay fever, there’s no magic number and like humans, dogs can develop this condition at whichever canine life stage. But symptoms often begin when dogs are between 1 to 3 years old.
How to treat dog hay fever
It can sometimes be difficult to identify whether your dog is experiencing hay fever as symptoms can also mimic other pet allergies such as atopic dermatitis. If your dog is showing any signs of discomfort or being unwell and you’re unsure about the cause, be sure to contact your vet. They’ll be able to allergy test them to work out if hay fever is causing the problem and prescribe them suitable medication if required.
There’s no cure for dog hay fever, but there are a few things that can be done to make Fido feel better.
After consulting your vet, they may be able to provide your dog with antihistamine medication to help with their symptoms. For the rare cases where a pollen allergy provokes a more extreme reaction, your vet can administer a shot to help alleviate these.
Get that fresh-sheets feeling
You should wash your dog’s bed regularly and vacuum regularly to remove the pollen your dog picked up during walks. Omlet’s Topology Dog Bed has a range of removable toppers that can simply be zipped on and off to be placed in the washing machine for that fresh-sheets feeling. Plus, it’ll improve your home’s hygiene too, with raised feet to minimize the buildup of dust, debris and mildew from underneath the bed.
Make indoors fun
The rising temperatures over summer can mean having to find other ways to keep your dog mentally stimulated indoors where necessary, but doing so can also help reduce hay fever symptoms, especially when pollen counts are high. Ensure your pup has plenty of dog toys and you can even try out a few new fun tricks to keep them entertained and their mind engaged.
Choose walking routes carefully
When you do head out, make sure that you the areas where you walk your dog wisely. This means keeping them away from longer grass and vegetation. Avoiding these areas means less chance of coming into contact with what could be setting off your dog’s allergies.
Use a damp towel
You might already wipe your dog’s paws clean after a walk but it’s a good idea to also wipe your dog’s coat over with a damp towel immediately after you come home to remove any pollen. You should start with the face and end with your dog’s legs and paws.
Try oatmeal baths
A nice soothing oatmeal bath will help to soothe your dog’s itchy skin and remove any pollen that remains on them. Simply pour one cup of crushed whole oatmeal into a tub and stir with warm water. If you’re unsure about a bath full of oatmeal, you can also use oatmeal shampoo for dogs or alternative shampoos designed to reduce dog skin irritation.
Omlet and your dog
At Omlet, we understand that keeping your dog in tip-top condition should be done all year round, not just when allergies strike. That’s why we designed a wide range of innovative dog beds, dog crates, dog blankets and more, to give your dogs the products they need to thrive.
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