If you think seasonal allergies are a problem in humans only, you might have to think again. Pets, including dogs, often found exhibit signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies that show that they are not that different from human beings. Here’s how to tell if your dog has seasonal allergies.
Biting and scratching
Itchiness is among the commonest symptoms of seasonal allergies dogs display. Dogs are often respond to such allergies by biting or scratching themselves, in order to alleviate the itching sensations. Their skin gets red and swollen. Temporary relief of a bath using mild shampoo may help. If the allergy is due to grass, pollen or trees, such a remedy can help wash off the trigger factors quite well.
Skin infection is among the more serious side effects of allergies that are evident in dogs. This is generally associated with chronic scratching. Treat secondary skin infections and red, itchy skin in dogs with witch hazel. It has a drying and soothing effect on the skin of pets. Moisturizing with the aid of coconut oil or applying black or cool green tea bags to the skin can work as well. Going to the veterinarian can be important in case the pet lacks appetite or is lethargic, and the symptoms appear not to be clearing within 48 hours. It can mean that the infection has gone very bad. Bad smell might be emitted as well.
Too much shedding
Increased shedding and hair loss can also be seen in case of itching and skin infection that is allergy-induced. A side effect of allergies seen commonly is dandruff. It can dry the skin out and make it flake. Prescription medications recommended by a vet can be the first line of treatment in such cases.
As a responsible dog owner, you have to keep an eye on your pet constantly, and look for signs of problems. Unusual behavior or changes in behavior could also be a sign that there are some problems going on in your pet, which it might be unable to express. In some cases, allergies might not be visible outside and these symptoms can be the pointers. You might need to get in touch with your vet in such cases, for fast and easy fixes.
For more on how to tell if your dog has seasonal allergies visit National Institutes of Health
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