Does my City dog have Allergies?

The outside temperatures are slowly rising, and Mother Nature is kindly giving us the green light to leave

our winter coats, hats, and gloves behind until next year. The anticipated season of spring is finally upon us, and as this season enters the picture, so do seasonal allergies.

Oh, yeah... those – dreaded allergies.

But did you know that we aren’t the only ones to battle allergies?

The truth is, pollen, dust, mold, and other substances affect the immune systems of our furry friends, too!

People and pets suffer from the body’s reaction to foreign environmental substances, often sharing similar allergies and symptoms. In fact, there are quite a few environmental allergens that pose a challenge for dogs. Allergies are not confined to environmental triggers, though. Allergies can stem from fleas and food, too. Pet owners, keep an eye out for the following symptoms as these are indicators that your dog has allergies:

- Itchiness

- Hives

- Swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids, or earflaps

- Red, inflamed skin

- Diarrhea

- Vomiting

- Sneezing

- Itchy ears

- Chronic ear infections

- Itchy, runny eyes

- Constant licking

Skin allergies, especially, pose the risk of secondary infection. So, as your dog scratches, bites, or feverishly licks at his or her skin, your dog then risks breaking the skin and exposing it to yeast and bacterial infections (https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dog-allergies-symptoms-treatment/). Perhaps your dog does not have allergies yet displays the symptoms mentioned above. Well, in that case, your best bet is to make an appointment with your veterinarian to receive an accurate diagnosis from a skilled professional and so your dog can be well on its way to feeling better.

Remedies for allergies vary depending on the cause. Thankfully, there are several natural remedies available to treat your dog’s symptoms in addition to a wealth of options you can choose in terms of your dog’s diet that will also remedy pesky allergies. Also, your veterinarian will have options, too, depending on the root of the allergy. Although the internet is chock full of solutions, always consult your veterinarian before putting a plan into action.

Stay in the know regarding your fuzzy family members, and do your best to ensure that they do not spend the beautiful months of spring and summer (and any month, for that matter) feeling miserable due to allergens.