Help Ease Your Dog’s Allergy Suffering

by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

Many of our furry family members suffer from allergies and often feel just as miserable as we do with ours.

Allergies are very common in dogs, and are one of the top reasons for visits to the veterinarian.

Dog allergy signs can include itchy skin, excessive scratching, licking, rubbing their face, red skin or loss of fur, skin and ear infections, sneezing and more. The type and severity of these allergy signs depends mostly on the type of allergy your dog has, which can be difficult to determine without extensive testing.

The most common allergy for dogs is fleas.

The bite of one or two fleas per week is enough to make dogs itch. Research shows the saliva of the flea causes the itching. There are many topical and oral flea and tick preventative treatments that can be used to help reduce the chance of fleas infecting your pup.

Environmental and seasonal allergies in dogs are similar to what most humans suffer.

They include pollens, dust mites, mold spores and plant or animal fibers. Prescott is one of the worst places in the country for pollen.

When you’re out walking with your dog and they roll around in the grass it’s getting all over them or on their paws, which is ultimately going to affect them like it does you; sneezing, itching, runny nose and even watery eyes.

My veterinarian suggested I give my dog half of a Claritin or similar antihistamine every day and it seems to help. There are also a number of prescribed medications, but no matter what you use, it should be determined and prescribed through your vet.

Also, try bathing your dog more often now that the weather is warmer. There are a number of anti-itch and conditioning shampoos for dogs, which can help with some allergy issues.

Make sure to get their stomach and underside area, paws and between their toes. I use a wet washcloth with dog shampoo on it to do her face and head, so she doesn’t have water spraying in her face.

There are home remedies, but again, please consult your veterinarian first. Coconut oil, aloe vera and apple cider vinegar can be put on their skin to calm itching. And a relaxing oatmeal bath can relieve itching, burning and dry skin.

It’s a beautiful time of year to be out exploring and enjoying the warmer weather! By taking a few

precautions both you and your furry best friend can enjoy it together!