Friday, March 20, 2015

Does Your Dog Have Seasonal Allergies?

We adopted Coco during the Summer season. He was in poor shape and it took several months for him to make an almost full recovery. That Fall, we noticed he was scratching quite a bit and biting his lower back. He didn't have fleas. It wasn't a reaction to the medications he'd been taking or his medicated shampoo. Another trip to the vet. It didn't take long for them to diagnose the issue. Allergies. We were given an as-needed prescription. Benadryl was another option. Both worked. His symptoms disappeared. So did allergy season.

The following year, as April drew near, the symptoms picked up. We knew how to relieve his symptoms and Coco got through the Spring allergy season with ease. By the time a full year passed, we had nailed down the peak months we'd have to administer allergy medicine and use a special shampoo & conditioning spray we purchase at the veterinary hospital.

With April just around the corner, it won't be long until allergy season is in full swing. Us "hoomans" feel the impact...sneezing, itchy throat, runny nose, watery eyes, etc. It's uncomfortable and sometimes can be debilitating. The same holds true for our fur-kids.

If your dog suffers from allergies, they can experience varying symptoms. Some of the most common are incessant scratching of the ears, licking and chewing paws or other parts of the body, rash, pimples, red or watery eyes and rubbing the facial area on carpets or furniture.

Keep in mind that allergies can stem from other sources...mold, food ingredients, perfumes, cleaning products, fabrics, shampoo, fleas, etc.

Symptoms are uncomfortable and, if left untreated, can lead to other problems like open wounds, hot spots and infections. A visit to your veterinarian is a must! They'll be able to determine the source, map out a treatment plan and provide your pup with the appropriate medications and shampoos.

For more information on dog allergies...

Signs That Your Dog May Have Allergies - The Dogington Post

Allergy Signs & Symptoms - Doctors Foster and Smith

Allergies in Dogs - VCA Animal Hospitals

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