For many of us, the arrival of spring also signals the start of allergy season. Unfortunately, the same is true for our furry friends.
Many dogs are allergic to trees, grasses, weeds, and insects. Symptoms can include the following:
- Constant paw licking
- Body rubbing or scratching
- Runny nose
- Hair loss
- Flaky or greasy skin
Allergies usually present themselves when a dog is between six months and four years old, and tend to become more severe with age. Your vet can diagnose your dog, and may refer you to a specialist. These vets are able to run specific tests to determine what your dog is allergic to, and may be able to offer a variety of solutions. Options may include antihistamines or even allergy shots. Sometimes, fatty acid supplements are used to treat skin conditions. Do not give your dog Sudafed, ibuprofen or acetaminophen: these can cause fatal reactions in dogs.
For most dogs, allergies are just irritating, as they are for people. If they become severe or interfere with the quality of life for your pet, it is a good idea to check in with your vet.