In the fall, many people experience allergies. However, fall allergies just aren’t limited to people. Many animals also experience fall allergies. Some common symptoms of allergies in pets include sneezing, coughing, nasal and eye discharge, excessive scratching or licking, and chewing on body parts. The most commonly affected areas include the face, ears, and paws. If you believe that your pet is suffering from allergies, you should visit a vet to make sure it isn’t a larger issue or to get medical advice to treat the allergies. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help your dog reduce allergy symptoms.
Your pets often bring in allergens on their paws and fur after playing outside. If you regularly bathe your pet with a hypoallergenic shampoo, it will help wash off the allergens and relieve your dog’s suffering. Bathing your pet will also moisturize the skin and wash away dirt and bacteria, which are other causes of itching in pets. It’s recommended that you bathe your pet every 2-3 weeks.
Bathing your pet too often can dry out their skin, not o mention it can be a pain to get your dog to sit through an entire bath. Soaking your pet’s feet is a great way to remove allergens without having to give your pet an entire bath. Most allergens are brought in on the paws of your pets, and then they will track it into their sleeping area and spread it around the house. After your dog has spent time outside, soak their feet in warm water, or just wipe them off with a wet rag.
Thorough Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Even if you’re regularly bathing and washing off your pet’s feet, allergens will still be spread into your home. Allergens are often brought in on shoes, or settle into the carpets or furniture. The best way to combat this is to professionally clean your carpets and upholstery in order to remove lingering allergens and dirt. In between professional cleanings, vacuum your carpets. Use the attachments on your vacuum to clean your furniture, including pet beds.
Close Windows and Doors
Many fall allergies are caused by ragweed and other withering plants in the fall. These allergens are often found blowing in the wind and can blow into your house through open windows and doors. Reduce the number of access points for allergens to enter your home by keeping doors and windows closed.
Diets and Supplements
Examine your dog’s diet to see if any ingredient in their food could be causing allergy issues. There are also supplement such as biotin or omega-3 which can decrease itching and improve the health of your dog’s coat. Before making changes to your dog’s diet, consult your veterinarian for guidance.
Your vet can be a great source for help in dealing with pet allergies. Just like humans, pets can be tested to determine the cause of their allergies, which can make the allergies easier to treat. There are also allergy medications and treatments that your vet can prescribe or recommend for your pet.
It’s not fun to see your furry friends suffering from allergies. However, there are steps that you can take to help reduce your pet’s allergens in the home and control their symptoms.