Did you know dogs can get hay fever? In this dog hay fever guide, learn the signs of canine hay fever and check out our 5-step plan to help your scratching dog beat the allergic itch. This time of year, is when you begin to see the signs....
Longer days in spring and summer days spell longer walks in the countryside, more sunbathing in the garden and epic games of fetch. Though the possibilities for outdoor antics may go up with the temperature, spring and summer aren't necessarily great news for all dogs. That’s because many suffer from hay fever – just like us humans.
Signs of dog hayfever
Is your dog showing any of the following 3 traits?
- Itchy skin - scratching or biting their body
- Licking, nibbling, or biting at their paws
- Rubbing their face on the furniture or the floor (sometimes it looks like they are just enjoying themselves...but may not be)
- If your dog has any of these symptoms, it’s likely that they suffer from a pollen allergy – essentially, doggy hay fever.
So how does hay fever affect dogs in the UK, and how can we help dogs struggling with it?
Canine hay fever explained
Developing hay fever and pollen allergies differs to the way in which us humans are triggered. Dogs can develop hay fever when pollen is taken in via their skin. Our furry friends also demonstrate a very different reaction to getting hay fever too. Your pooch endures an arguably worse fate: all-over-itches.
This is because when a dog has an allergic reaction, the histamines released by the body in response to pollen are released in the skin. This is what can make seasonal allergies so hard to spot, and uncomfortable to endure.
Hay fever – not just a summertime affliction
Much like in humans, symptoms of canine hay fever begin in April and can last until late summer. Frolicking in a grass pollen meadow this spring and summer, with high pollen counts, could leave your pet with a persistent itch.
As well as grass, our canine friends are sensitive to tree pollen which can start to become an issue from as early as February, check out this annual pollen guide. So start keeping an eye out for itching and scratching from late February and early March.
How to help with dog hay fever
Luckily, if you think your dog may be prone to hay fever, there’s a lot you can do to help. Here is our 5-step guide to beat the seasonal itch:
- Fight the fleas – Flea allergies can really exacerbate skin problems and should be treated promptly. As well as avoiding infestation in your home, you must treat fleas immediately to avoid more serious skin problems.
- Brush daily – As well as a good brush down every day, remember to carefully comb or cut out matted hair. Any lumps or clumps can hold dirt and debris, which is uncomfortable for your pet.
- After-walkies wipe down – Wipe your dog down with a damp towel after they’ve been out in the grass – this helps to remove pollen trapped in your dog's coat. Another way to help is going for a walk early in the morning.
- Pamper and bathe – Bathe with a shampoo designed to soothe irritated skin. But remember not to bathe too frequently – you don’t want dry eye or to dry out your dog’s skin.
- Boost their natural defences and immune system – One of the simplest ways to guard against the irritating symptoms of hay fever and other dog skin conditions is to ensure that your pet’s natural skin defences are in tip-top condition with a supplement like YuDERM Itching Dog.
Omega oils boost the skin barrier - keeping hay fever at bay
The Omega 3 & 6 oils contained in YuDERM Itching Dog aid the skin health of your dog. They increase the essential fatty acids that can be lacking in their diet. These fatty acids help to replenish your dog's skin barrier and by doing so, reduce the likelihood of allergens entering their system. We recommend YuDERM Itching Dog as a preventative measure this hay fever season, so you and your furry friend can enjoy time outdoors without having to check the pollen count!
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