Did you know that your pets can have allergies in the fall, just like humans can? It’s true! Veterinarians say that about 10% of dogs have or will develop environmental allergies, and that number increases every year. That means there is a fair chance that your dog is suffering from fall allergies. If your dog experiences coughing, sneezing, fur loss, nasal and eye discharge, excessive scratching or licking, or chewing of their body parts, it’s likely that your dog has allergies. The dog breeds that are most susceptible to allergies include boxers, dalmatians, shephards, beagles, bulldogs, retrievers, irish settlers, and terriers. If you suspect that your dog has allergies, see your vet to make sure that is it allergies and not a more serious health issue.
There are some steps that you can take at home to help your pet relieve their allergy symptoms. Here are the best tips for dog allergy relief.
Give Your Dog Regular Baths
Most allergens are found outside. Your dog carries these allergens into your home on their fur, where it will aggravate their symptoms until they are removed. In order to do this, regularly bathe your pet with a hypoallergenic shampoo. Specialists recommend bathing your pet every 2-3 weeks for best results without drying out their skin from overwashing.
Give Your Dog Foot Soaks
While it’s not advisable to give your dog a bath every day, there is something that you can do to remove allergens in between baths. Soak your pets’ feet at the end of the day, especially if they have been in contact with allergies, lawns, or other irritants. This will remove the allergens and prevent them from spreading it to their sleeping areas. You can even wash your dog’s feet with a damp rag after walks for a significant improvement.
Clean Your Carpets and Upholstery
It’s hard to remove all allergens before they enter your home. Once allergens are in your home, they tend to collect on the soft surfaces of your carpets and furniture. Vacuum your floors regularly to remove these allergens. You’ll want to have a professional carpet cleaner over a few times a year to remove allergens that are too fine for your vacuum to remove. Try to keep your pets off of your furniture to prevent them from both leaving and picking up allergens from your furniture. If your pets do get on your furniture, or even if they don’t, it’s a good idea to get your furniture cleaned by a professional furniture cleaner regularly as well.
Close Your Doors and Windows
Some people think that airing out their homes will help with allergies in both humans and animals. However, leaving your doors and windows open only allow more allergens to enter your home from the outside. Make sure to keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible to prevent allergens such as ragweed entering your clean home.
Look into Diets and Supplements
Some research has suggested that changing your dog’s diet or introducing supplements can help reduce their allergy symptoms, For example, supplements such as biotin or omega-3 can decrease itching and improve the health of your dogs coat. Be sure to consult your vet before changing your dog’s diet.
Ask Your Vet About Allergy Treatments
If your dog is suffering greatly from allergies, talk to your vet. There are tests and treatment that can identify and treat severe allergies in dogs. Be sure to not medicate your dog or do other allergy treatments without talking to your vet.
Your dog doesn’t have to suffer from fall allergies while inside your home! Hopefully, these tips help you and your pet enjoy the fall months without sneezing or sniffling!