Spot Allergies Early this Summer

Hoomans aren’t the only ones affected by changing seasons. With an abundance of dust, pollen, and mold hanging in the air, our four-legged besties can have a hard time during seasonal shifts too. Here are 3 ways you can help your doggos through allergy season!

 

1 - Keep your eyes peeled for signs of allergies by looking for…

 

  • Itchy Skin

  • Runny Eyes

  • Rubbing Their Face on the Carpet or Walls

  • Red Underbelly

  • Excessive Paw Licking/Chewing


The licking, rubbing, and scratching can take a turn for the worse if not addressed. These can lead to secondary infections and cause more discomfort and longer recovery time.

2 - Monitor Spot’s behavior closely.

 

  • Does your dog only scratch when spring...well, springs?

  • Do they lick their paws after you cut the grass?

  • Are they better after a bath?

  • When did the symptoms start?

  • How long is the itching lasting?


WRITE IT DOWN! Keeping a journal is a good way to monitor how the symptoms are progressing and will empower you with firsthand reports if you end up visiting a vet (see tip #3).

Pro tip: Washing their paws or wiping down their bodies with a damp cloth can help minimize discomfort caused by things like contact dermatitis.

3 - Don’t be afraid to contact your Vet.


Other than you, the pup-parent, no one knows your dog like your vet! Especially if you’ve been with them for a while. Give your vet a ring and ask for some guidance. Seasonal allergies can often be helped with simple preventative measures like an allergy pill, wipe-downs, or anti-itch sprays. Be transparent with your dog-doc. Armed with the knowledge listed in tip #2, tell them everything! Another benefit of calling your vet is that they can tell you if Fido needs an appointment.

 


Enjoy the weather with your best friend confidently now that you know what to look out for!

 

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