Fall is officially upon us in Massachusetts… This is by far my favorite time of the year – with the foliage, crisp and clean air, cool mornings, warm afternoons and, of course, all the fall coffee flavors, donuts, and beer varieties! Who WOULDN’T enjoy Fall in Saugus?! Our dogs have also been able to be outside for more than 10 minutes and without burning their poor paws – ouch… Fall can also be tough on our fur-babies; ragweed and mold run rampant and cause nasal, skin and eye chaos for many.
Some common allergy symptoms in dogs:
- Watery eyes
- Red/swollen ears
- Licking of the feet
- Dull or flaky coat
So, what do I do if my pup is one of the unlucky ones with bad Fall allergies? The first order of business, it is always advisable to speak directly with your veterinarian on the matter. Your Veterinarian will then review your pets’ symptoms and take a peek at what’s going on. Aside from a visit to the Vet, there are several other ways to help combat your pets’ allergies from reeking chaos this season.
Regular Washing of Bedding:
Does your dog enjoy a good nap on the couch or his doggy bed? Your dogs’ bedding can be an ideal host for dust and mites – YUCK. It is imperative to wash any dog bedding at least once per week, with fragrance-free laundry detergent. Hypoallergenic liners and beds are always an excellent option to help cut back on this issue.
Hypoallergenic dog beds and blankets – https://www.earthdoggy.com/hypoallergenic-dog-beds-and-blankets/
Head Out Earlier or Later for Daily Walks and Exercise:
We always recommend a good walk/sniffari visit during the day for all pups! However, with pollen levels heightened in the middle of the day, it might be better to switch the timing you hit the pavement or trails to early-morning and early evening.
Regular Baths or Visits to The Groomer:
Dogs carry an array of allergens on their coats and it’s no wonder that they tend to be itchy during allergy seasons. Too much itching or licking can lead to fur loss and hot spots when not carefully managed! If you struggle to get your pup into the bathtub, DGGT House and Pets highly recommend Bobbi at Center Pet Care for some puppy pampering! – Center Pet Care, Saugus MA.
Change Your Dogs’ Food:
Most commercial dog food kibble is made with animal by-products, artificial colors and flavors and moistening agents (carrageenan). It is best to switch over to a whole-food-based diet to help with allergy flare-ups. This will consist of: biologically appropriate proteins, veggies, fiber and some fruits.