As dog lovers, we hate to see our furry little friends suffer needlessly. Unfortunately, this is often the case when outside dogs, especially, are exposed to the various spores, molds and grasses of the summer and spring seasons. At Dogstuff – where we have gift ideas for dog lovers – we are also concerned that our four legged friends be comfortable and enjoy the season along with their owners. It’s no fun to watch them scratch themselves constantly or scoot across the floor. For that reason, we would like to give you some pointers on determining whether your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies and also give you some tips that may help relieve his/her suffering.
- Itching: Does your dog scratch him/herself constantly especially when he/she is outside? It may not simply be fleas. Constant scratching is often a sure sign that your dog has allergies.
- Rashes: Of course, constant scratching can lead to the formation of a rash. Check to see if your dog has red, irritated skin where he/she may have been exposed to certain grasses, pollen, etc. Areas to check in particular include your dog’s belly, ears, and paws and in between his/her toes.
- Obsessive licking: For dog’s, licking is a cure-all for nearly any physical discomfort or injury. It may also be a sign that they have been subjected to some irritant in their environment.
- Rubbing themselves against objects: Is your dog rubbing itself against the couch, a pillow or the carpet? It may be a sign that he/she is trying to relieve itchiness that he/she feels.
Biting and chewing are other signs that your dog may be suffering from allergies and may need relief. If your dog does any of these things excessively then you should consider taking him/her to the family vet. Other things you may consider doing to help include:
- Groom your dog after walks: Wiping your dog down and giving him a bath using a hypoallergenic shampoo helps remove pollen and dander.
- Use supplements such as biotin or omega-3s: Supplements are a natural way to relieve itching and improve your dog’s overall coat.
- Consult with your vet: Chances are your vet will have seen his/her fair share of pets that have been bothered by allergies. He/she should be able to recommend other treatments for allergy prone pets.
Finally, while you are considering one of our many dog lover gifts for your pet, also consider adding to his enjoyment of the season by watching for these telltale signs that he may be suffering in silence. Dogstuff hopes that you and your pet(s) have an enjoyable summer.