Allergies & Spring Time
Spring is finally here, and while most of us are excited about the warm weather and blooming flowers, some of our furry friends might not be feeling the same way. That's right, I'm talking about dog allergies.
Now, I know what you're thinking. "Allergies? Dogs can get allergies too?" Yup, they sure can! And just like humans, dogs can be allergic to all sorts of things like pollen, mold, dust mites, and even certain foods.
So why does springtime bring about a spike in dog allergies, you ask? Well, it's all thanks to those pesky little particles floating around in the air. Pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds can wreak havoc on a dog's immune system and cause a whole bunch of unpleasant symptoms.
Some common signs of dog allergies include:
Excessive scratching and biting
Red, itchy skin
Sneezing and coughing
Runny nose and eyes
But don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom! There are plenty of things you can do to help your pup feel better during allergy season.
First and foremost, talk to your vet.
They can help you identify what your dog is allergic to and recommend the best course of action. This might include antihistamines, allergy shots, or even changes to your dog's diet.
Prevention is key
You can also help reduce your dog's exposure to allergens by keeping them inside during peak pollen times (usually early morning and late afternoon), wiping them down with a damp cloth after walks, and vacuuming and dusting your home frequently.
A little extra TLC
It's important to give your pup's skin health some tender loving care in these more troublesome months. This can be externally through the methods mentioned above, as well as internally with changes or additions to their diet. Some foods such as fish and fish oils can support their skin health, through to allergy & itching specific supplements that contain ingredients such as Omega-3 and turmeric to fight inflammation.
And let's not forget about the power of snuggles!
Spending quality time with your pup can help boost their mood and reduce stress, which can in turn improve their immune system and overall health.
So there you have it, folks. Dog allergies in spring might be a pain, but with a little bit of TLC and some help from your vet, your furry friend will be feeling like a million bucks in no time.
If you have any concerns we'd always recommend to discuss them with your veterinarian. For any questions for team Scooch, please do reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org