Dog pollen allergy: Here’s what really helps
As temperatures rise, so does the presence of pollen. Learn more on the dog pollen allergy and how to best protect your furry friend this spring!
20 March 2018
Every dog can develop a pollen allergy. Some are more likely to do so, due to their living environment, breed or exposure to pollen. Since the peak allergy season is coming soon, make sure you know everything you need on dog pollen allergy and how to best protect your dog from it.
What is the specific dog pollen allergy period
The dog pollen allergy is at its peak mostly during the spring and summer season, but it can last until the beginning of autumn. This is due to the fact that pollen comes mostly from grass, weeds, flowers or trees. Dogs can have direct contact with the allergen from pollen, by simply touching those specific plants with their face or feet. But they can also simply inhale the pollen from the air. Either way, dog pollen allergy is the consequence of an over-reactive immune system reaction, both in dogs and humans.
Dog breeds who are likely to suffer from dog pollen allergy
According to various studies, dog pollen allergy doesn’t occur in the first year of life and inexplicably, it affects more female dogs than male. Still, while all dogs can be subjects to dog pollen allergy, some breeds are more susceptible than others to become victims of this allergy type. These include:
- German Shepherds
- English and French Bulldogs
- Shar Pei
- Labs and Golden Retrievers
Dog pollen allergy: how to prevent it
It’s important to try to prevent your dog from developing a pollen allergy. Therefore, in the high peak allergy season, keep in mind these simple care rules:
- Before going for a walk: protect your dog’s fur with a special spray containing oatmeal and aloe vera
- After the walk: remove possible pollen from your dog’s paws with a clean cloth
- Immediately calm down any initial inflammation. Give your dog a bath with a special hypo-allergenic shampoo for irritated skin.
- Remove dirty or clamped hair from your dog
Symptoms of dog pollen allergy
Dog pollen allergy is one of the most often encountered pet allergy, although your dog can suffer from various allergies as well. We cannot avoid being outside in nature with our dog. But paying attention to their behaviour in the main pollen release season can help us to keep them safe. Here’s how you can recognize a potential dog pollen allergy:
- Redness of the nose
- Itchy skin
- Eyes or nose licking
- Dog rubbing against furniture or carpet
- Excessive rubbing or licking the affected areas
- Hair loss
- Inflamed areas of the skin
- Swollen Paws
- Ear infections
Dog pollen allergy: possible treatment
Should you notice any dog pollen allergy symptoms, the first thing you should do is to contact the vet and schedule a check for your four-legged friend. Solutions are multiple and after a thorough check, he will consider the best treatment for your furry friend. Treatment options for pets that are mildly affected by pollen allergy can include special care products, such as face and paw wipes, shampoos or soaps and specialist brushes. Another best practice in treating dog pollen allergy is the immunotherapy, which is mainly a desensitization therapy to a specific allergen, such as pollen. This treatment is personalized for each dog and can be administered over a period of time. As a result, your dog will develop an immunity towards pollen allergens.
Natural remedies for dog pollen allergies
Here are some natural care remedies for your dog, that you should probably have at hand during the pollen allergy season:
- Coconut oil: its antibacterial properties reduce the sensation of skin itchiness. Used in combination with fish oil, it can decrease the allergic responses of the dog to pollen.
- Aloe Vera: make sure you use it in gel form. Due to its anti-inflammatory characteristics, it is just right for treating hot spots and itches.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: very effective for cleaning your dog’s paws from pollen
- Thyme infusion: calms down the skin infections, suitable for the toes and paws
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