Does your dog suffer from things like red, itchy, watery eyes, itchy skin, hot spots, and smelly ears that seem to appear and disappear with changes in the weather? If so, they might be suffering from seasonal allergies. Depending on where you are located, allergy seasons and the allergens present will be different than other locations, so be sure to keep that in mind when you are traveling. Here are a few things you can do to help manage symptoms, or even prevent them before they arise!
Stay up to date on supplements and add in special things to help manage symptoms. Adding supplements or foods that are natural sources of essential vitamins and minerals can be a huge help in fighting off things like skin issues. If you find your pet feeling extra itchy, try to add omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to their diet. You can get these fatty acids from fish oil supplements, or from feeding your pooch small fish such as sardines or smelt. If you can’t stand the smell of fish, then you can start out with a probiotic and go from there!
Change the time of your daily walks. In most places, daily peak allergen times are in the early morning and in the late afternoon. If you can avoid going out on walks during these times, then you will avoid the prime exposure time outside, but you will also bring less allergens back into your home!
Cover dog beds, couches, chairs, and other place your dog loves to hang out with blankets or towels that can easily be washed. Then, actually wash them! Washing these covers at least once a week will drastically cut down on the allergens going through your dog’s system, especially dust and pollen, as well as make your house a cleaner place overall.
Treat flare ups with pet friendly hydrocortisone cream. If your dog develops a hot spot or another place they can’t seem to stop itching/licking, Use hydrocortisone cream to help soothe the burning/itching sensation. Be sure to watch your pet to make sure they don’t take off the cream before it has a chance to work!
If your dog is still suffering, go to the vet! Some dogs need to be put on oral antihistamines to get through allergy season, just like people. Be sure to go to your vet to get correct dosages and to ensure that there isn’t a bigger problem at hand.
From one allergy sufferer (both human and pet) to another, good luck and stay healthy!
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