Allergies getting your dog down? Seasonal allergies occur during particular times of the year. Along with seasonal allergies comes dust, dust mites, pollen, grass, and flea bites.
Your dog’s environment can have a big impact on whether or not they are affected by seasonal allergies. In sunny LA, plants are blooming year-round! This means your furry friend can be exposed to allergies more frequently. In cooler climates, plants tend to bloom mostly in springtime and aren’t present during the winter. Regardless of where you and your pup live, it is still possible for year-round allergies to be present. The more your dog is exposed to the allergens he/she is sensitive to, the more intense and longer-lasting these allergic responses become.
We’ve gathered some tips on how to help your dog handle seasonal allergies!
1. Redesign your walk routine
If your schedule allows, try to avoid walking your dog in the early morning hours or the late afternoon. This is when pollen levels are generally at the highest. Be aware of parks and fields where blooming plants are numerous. You may even want to consider creating an indoor playtime setting during certain months.
2. Keep the home clean
Be sure to clear the air and surfaces of dust in order to cut down the allergens in the air. Cleaning out air filters and using a dehumidifier will help keep the air as dust-free and allergen-free as possible. Dusting off surfaces and vacuuming at least once a week will also have a huge positive impact on your dog’s allergies.
3. Be prepared
A little prep work goes a long way! Protecting the top of your beds and couches with towels and blankets will make the cleaning process easier. Then, you can just pop the towels into the washer and replace them with fresh coverings. On another note, be sure to also wash any of your pup’s soft toys on a regular basis!
4. Bath time
To manage the dryness of your dog’s coat and skin, implement bath time more frequently! You can use a gentle, anti-itch shampoo that contains a soothing ingredient like aloe or oatmeal. Some choose to do a 10 minute soak in moisturizing oil, such as coconut.
5. Change your doggie’s diet
What your dog eats has a big impact on their allergies. Try a natural diet supplement like fish oil, or something with omega-3 oil to reduce irritations and to encourage healthy skin long-term. Also be sure that your pup is drinking lots of water, and his/her water and bowl is being kept clean from dust and other pollutants.
We hope these tips help you and your dog stay allergy-free all season long!