I can see a small pimple popping up on my right cheek. Last time the pimple came was on last December. My skin started looking dry and ugly. But this time the pimple looks much more big than the old one and has left a red spot. Each time I go and check in front of the mirror, Dona comes behind me and looks so awfully to the mirror, as if that pimple is on her face. But yes, she was right. The more I was concerned with my skin, the less I cared for Dona’s skin. I didn’t even think that dogs can also be affected by seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies in dogs are caused by the same triggers that occur in human allergies. These allergens normally include mildew, mold, pollen and dust mites. If you don’t know the signs of your dog being allergic, here are 8 signs that lets you know that your dog may be allergic. If your dog has any of these signs, take him to the vet to get him the right treatment.
- Itching: Dog itching is one of the most commonly seen allergies in dogs. Is your dog scratching himself? Well, its time to apply some natural remedies or take him to the vet as it can get even worse after you have been outside.
- Red irritated skin: As I told before, seasonal allergies come up in the form of rashes and hives when exposed to changing climatic conditions or something they are allergic to. Look on their belly and feet, toes – in particular as these are the parts that touch the grass or pollen the most. Another part that gets inflamed due to allergies are the ears.
- Continuous licking: If your dog is constantly licking, pay attention to his paws and belly. It is because he is bothered by something in his environment.
- Rubbing face on things: Most often you might have seen your dog rub his face on the carpet, pillows or couches etc. Dona always used to rub her face on the carpet. She will start off with her face and end up with rubbing her entire body across the carpet to get rid of itchiness caused by allergy.
- Hair loss: If you keep ignoring his allergies, there are chances that your dog might lose hair. Yes, he might suffer from hair loss if he is kept exposed to allergens.
- Shaking of head: When he shake his head in front of you, you might think that he is responding to what you say, but no, its because his ears are being bothered by allergies. This also indicates that they want you to touch their head.
- Skin redness: Dog allergies come in different forms, of which some get red skin near their mouth, paws and chin. In some circumstances the anus will also become red and inflamed.
- Puffy eyes: Just like we humans, dogs when exposed to allergens often get puffy and red eyes.
How did I help Dona cope with seasonal allergies
- I gave her frequent baths and made sure that all allergens on her coat are gone. I used a natural dog shampoo using apple cider vinegar. Always go with shampoos that are gentle on your pet’s sensitive skin.
- Once I come back home, I wash his paws thoroughly and make sure they are clean and allergen free.
- Once in every week, I clean and vacuum the floors and his bedding on a regular basis using non-toxic house cleaning agents.
- As immune system plays a vital role in defending the allergens, it is important to keep your dog’s immune system function at its optimum levels. I make sure he eats a well-balanced diet, free of unnecessary fillers and junkies.
- I recently read in one article that a diet low in grain can keep your dog free from allergens. A diet rich in carbohydrates is said to trigger and worsen inflammation.
- Also, it is recommended that you keep your indoor air clean. This requires the job of an air purifier. Change your air conditioner filters every month or use a vacuum with an allergen filter.