For someone with Hayfever summertime isn’t something they’ll look forward to but have you ever given this a thought – can dogs get hayfever. It’s never been talked about much so no-ones knows about it, so today we’re going to break that barrier and give you all the inside details on pooches and hayfever!
Dogs play in grass, bushes and flowers all day long, which would be someone’s worst nightmare! Though, dogs are prone to getting hay fever too!
If you notice that your dog is scratching or sneezing more than usual, they have runny eyes or a runny nose or they’re rubbing their face against furniture, there’s a good chance that they’re being affected by these pollens! The surrounding flowers, trees, grass and weeds are the culprits of it all!
Also, you need to remember that if your dog/s experience these symptoms around any other time of the year then this could mean that they’re allergic to dust mites. Some of these tips and ideas below may help with dust mite allergies too!
Some dogs such as:
- Irish Setters
- Wire-Haired Terriers
- West Highland Terriers
- Scottish Terriers
- Cairn Terriers
- Boston Terriers
may be prone to developing canine hayfever more than other breeds. Though, your pooch can develop canine hayfever at any point in their life, but it’s most likely to happen when they are between 1 and 3 years old.
As with anything that may seem odd or different with your dog’s normal behaviour don’t be afraid to contact your vet or local dog specialist who can help you with all kinds of symptoms. In fact, there are anti-histamine medications for your pooch.
- Try walking your dog somewhere where the pollen count is going to be less, they may love the grass and fields but if they do have canine hayfever ultimately it’s going to be no fun. Most online weather sites show they pollen count for the forecast which may be very useful.
- You can potentially identify what pollen your dog is actually allerigc to, the pollen season can separate into three seasons:
-> Tree Pollen – Late March to Mid-May
-> Grass Pollen – Mid-May to July
-> Weed Pollen – The End of June to September
- Another way to help your pooch with the reaction is grooming and a bath. As soon as you come home after a walk you should wipe your dog down with a damp towel, this will help to remove any of the pollen still clinging to their coat. Make sure you definitely wipe around their face, concentrating on the eyes and ears. Pay special attention if your pooch has long hair! Pollen particles also might be stuck in their paws after running through the grass as well.
- It might be worth keeping your dogs’ coat short for the summer months, this can help with the warm weather too! If not, then no need to worry just make sure you give special care to their long coat.
- If you bathe your dog once a week it will help to rinse any small pollen particles hiding on their skin.
- Try using cool water when washing your pooch, warmer water can possibly increase the itching.
- Why not put a few handfuls of colloidal oatmeal that’s designed for bathing, this can be really soothing for hot, itchy skin.
We hope this helps your pooch get through the dreaded summer and spring months!
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