It’s allergy season (again).
If your pup is suddenly itching more than usual, it’s very possible they suffer from seasonal allergies to pollen, grasses, or weeds.
Seasonal allergies in dogs, like in many humans, manifest themselves as sneezing, runny nose, eye discharge, ear infections, and excessive scratching. Diarrhea and vomiting may occur too, as can secondary infections that are often related to scratching or gnawing on paws.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for allergies, and if your dog is sensitive to natural seasonal substances, it’s practically impossible to remove the triggers. You can, however, help relieve some of the milder symptoms with natural remedies at home.
Allergens are most prominent in the early morning and late afternoon, so try to avoid long walks during those times of the day.
- If your dog allows it, have them wear boots/paw coverings while on a walk. This will minimize the contact between allergens and your dog’s skin.
- Wipe, or even better, rinse your dog’s paws, undersides, and belly after each walk. We have a gentle, natural dog soap designed precisely for that reason – suitable for daily, irritant free paw washes.
- Wipe your dog’s eyes after each walk with gentle eye wipes, and rinse the eyes with sterile saline solution a few times a week.
- Boost your dog’s immune system by ensuring they get high-quality food, without excess carbohydrates, which could cause inflammation.
Pika has been experiencing seasonal allergies since early March. She’s had watery and goopy eyes, and is itching more than usual. We took her to an ophthalmologist, who confirmed that her eyes are perfectly fine, and that the symptoms are all related to seasonal allergies. We’ve since developed a routine of wiping her eyes after each walk with natural pet wipes, thoroughly rinsing the eyes 3-4x weekly with a sterile solution, and applying an eye lubricant (gel) before each long walk. In addition, Pika wears protective boots on most walks, and a onesie on hikes.
Please note: Never give over the counter antihistamines to your dog without consulting with your veterinarian first. if your dog is very uncomfortable, or is showing serious signs of distress from allergy symptoms, please take them to a licensed veterinarian.