Seasonal allergies in Dogs
Spring is almost upon us. That means more fun outside, but also that seasonal allergies are something to be on the lookout for. In this month’s blog, we’ll be going over some preventive measures, diagnoses, and treatments for springtime allergies in dogs from the American Kennel Club.
Spring allergies can start appearing in your dog as the weather gets warmer. Plants, flowers, and grasses are beginning to bloom and can trigger atopy in dogs, which is similar to hay fever. Instead of sneezing or coughing as humans do, dogs develop itchy skin. To relieve this, they will bite, scratch, or lick themselves.
Most of the time, you can give your dog oral medication to control its itching. If the itching persists for more than a few weeks, contact your veterinarian. They will be able to provide you with more powerful treatments.
Spring also heralds in the most irritating animal of all-the mosquito. Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease to your dog, which can be fatal if left untreated. Luckily this can be prevented with a number of medications that can be prescribed by your vet. The American Heartworm Society recommends getting a heartworm test annually.
The American Kennel Club also recommends making sure your dog gets Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in their diet. These supplements are anti-inflammatory and help keep your dog’s skin healthy and coat shiny. Luckily, all Hi-Standard Dog Food has both fatty acids in all of our food. To learn more about our products and to find a dealer near you, visit histandarddogfood.com or call (866) 357-3335!