Dog Allergies

Dog Allergies

It's that time of year again!  Dogs are itching, shaking their heads, licking their paws and feeling miserable.  

If your dog has seasonal environment discomforts you may notice that there may be some redness and hair loss around their ears or muzzle.  Their ears or muzzle may look a little swollen.  They may paw at their face or rub their face on the carpet to scratch it.  You may hear your dog sneeze or do what veterinarians call a backward sneeze.  There may even be an odor or waxy discharge from the ears.  

Your dogs haircoat may look thin in some areas or even some bald spots.  There may be some redness, scaling and odor coming from the skin, which could indicate an infection.  You may observe your pet scratching or licking his coat and possibly rubbing along furniture.  

If you notice that your dog is licking at his paws, the paws look brown or red in-between toes or any swelling occurring with the paws, you may suspect that your dog has some sensitivities to pollen.

Some dogs may even start having some discharge from their eyes or nose.  If this discharge becomes green in color, you may need to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.  

There are some simple steps that you can do at home to help your dog feel more comfortable when they are suffering from environmental discomforts.  

  • Wipe your dogs paws off with gentle baby wipes after coming inside from the outdoor elements.  We recommend Water Wipes.
  • Feed a diet that is good for allergens.  We recommend our Cold Water Recipe.
  • Give a Supplement to help reduce inflammation and itchiness.  We recommend Grizzly Salmon Oil.
  • If your dog stays outside for most of the day, offer a dog house with cedar shavings to where they can go lie down out of the grass.

You want your dog to feel comfortable during this time of year.  Taking these steps will help your dog receive some relief from itchiness due to pollen in the air.