6 Hay Fever Symptoms To Look Out For In Your Dog This Springtime. And How To Relieve Them

24/4/2016

As spring approaches, the cherry trees blossom and the sun starts coming out. But for some of us, all that pollen signalsthe start of the hay fever season. Queue the tissues.

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Like humans, dogs can also suffer from symptoms of hay fever.An estimated 10% ofdogs in the USare affected by dog atopy (canine hay fever)each year, so we're here to let you know whatsymptoms to look out for so that you can get your four-legged friend the appropriate care he needs.After all, Fido wants to be able to run around the park care-free this springtime!Here are 6 signs to look out for to know if your dog has allergies to the pollen:

  • Very itchy/scratchy
  • Rash on face/feet
  • Thinning hair over dog’s eyes and feet (due to over-scratching)
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny noses
  • Sneezing
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If your dog seems to be developing hay fever, then the best thing to do is to go andsee your vet. They can administer medication such asantihistamines to help relieve your dog's symptoms or even give him allergen shots.Whilst at home, you can help relieve your dog's symptoms yourself with these 6 tricks:

  • Give your dog a bath in cool water
  • Clip your dog’s coat if he has long hair
  • Restrict your dog's time outdoors when pollen counts are high
  • Run the air conditioner overnight to filter pollen out of your home environment
  • Use oatmeal baths to soothe your dog’s irritated skin
  • Wash your dog’s bedding weekly with hot water and make sure you dry them completely
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Although symptoms of canine hay fever can develop at any point in a dog’s life, they are most likely to begin when your pet is between 1 and 3 years old.NB. Certain breeds, such as Terriers, Dalmatians, Irish Setters, Poodles and Schnauzers may be more prone to developing hay fever than others.

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We hope this helps you and your dog enjoy the blooming daffodils this spring!