If you notice that your dog’s itchiness seems to coincide with the same season every year, it might be tree or grass pollen. Try giving your pet more frequent baths and washing their bedding more often. If your dog is a foot licker, wiping the feet with hypoallergenic baby wipes when they come in from outside can also help.
A large number of dogs are allergic to flea saliva. One flea bite can send those dogs into chewing fits. Keeping all of the animals in your house on a good flea preventative year round will help. If your pets are on prevention and you still have a flea problem consult your veterinarian for advice.
Food allergies in pets are difficult to diagnose, there is no accurate testing for food allergies. To rule out a food allergy for your pet, your doctor will put them on a novel protein diet. To prepare for your visit, bring a list of every protein your pet has had. Your doctor will want to choose a protein that your pet has never been exposed to.
The same things that help people with dust mite allergies, can also help your dog. Frequent dusting and vacuuming, washing the dog bed frequently, using air filters that filter pollen and changing them frequently can all help.
Keeping your dog inside during high insect seasons is a good idea. Human bug sprays containing DEET are toxic to dogs.
These simple things can really help a pet that is suffering from mild allergies. Those with a more severe problem will usually need medical intervention. Most pets with allergies will end up at the vet’s office at least once or twice a year. There are a number of things that can be done to help your pet short and long term.
Pets with severe allergies can be challenging but there are treatments available that can help every pet. It’s just a matter of finding what works for your particular dog. To get the most out of your appointment, read our tips here.