Dog in the SpringIt’s that time of year again.  The dreaded allergy season.  As if we didn’t already have enough to deal with during the pandemic.  Did you know that dogs can feel the same way about allergy season as we do?  They can experience itching, that can sometimes create a “hot spot” (a red rash that is sometimes accompanied by hair loss) and even sneezing and watery eyes just like us.
While human allergies are mostly limited to airborne irritants, dogs are actually exposed to many other things that can trigger an allergic reaction.  In addition, pollen covers many surfaces including your lawn and the grass at the park your dog just loves to roll in and also accumulates on your deck and patio.  Do you put fertilizer on your grass or any other kind of chemical products?  Have you tried ridding your garden of pests with an insecticide or added something to your vegetable garden to ensure some plump and juicy tomatoes?  And no one knows for sure what chemicals, if any, are used at the local parks.  In addition, if you have a cat or another canine that is a heavy shedder, that can also create an issue for your furry friend.
What can you do to alleviate your dog’s allergy symptoms?  Always make sure to, at a minimum, wipe your dog down with pet approved wipes (available at most pet stores) once you’re back inside.  A bath would be the best way to go but not always possible.
So watch your dogs for signs of an allergic reaction and speak to your vet if it becomes serious.  And remember that allergy season is just that.  A season.  And it will be gone before you know it!
Stay safe everyone and, as always, we look forward to seeing you and your  pooches!