Spring is here and so are the flowers, blooming trees, and floating specks of pollen. You may be sneezing non-stop, have a runny nose and itchy eyes. Did you know your pets can have allergy attacks too? They may not show reactions in the same way, but your pet might be responding to all the spring growth, just like you are. Here are some indicators that your pet has seasonal allergies.
Much like our itchy-watery eyes, our dogs can get itchy skin. If you notice your dog is more itchy than normal, they may have allergies. This is important to watch, as some dogs might itch until skin bleeds or a hot spot is formed.
Irritated skin, or rashes, are another common example of dog allergies. While your dog might get a rash from an encounter with some grass or pollen, it’s harder to tell because of the fur covering most of their body. If your dog is excessively itching, it’s best to check their skin, and see if there’s anything that can be done to soothe it.
Obsessive licking falls under this category as well. Areas that are most affected are the tummy and feet as these are the parts of your pet’s body that come in most contact with grass.
Another sign of allergies is inflammation in the ears. Some dogs ears will become red inside, and even have an odor. This may cause your dog to shake their head more than normal. Some dogs can even be extremely hesitant to let you touch their head, if their ears are in pain. It’s important to note if your dogs reaction typically happens after they have spent time out of doors, whether it’s in the yard, at the park or on a hiking trail.
In some, more extreme cases, dogs can form small bumps or redness around their mouth and chin area. These tend to present something like a hives reaction would in humans, but it’s still important to get any bump checked out.
It’s best to talk to a veterinarian in Bend, Oregon, if your dog start showing any signs of allergies. There are many easy ways to treat potential allergens in pets.