In order to effectively diagnose a seasonal allergy, you have to be very careful for various symptoms that will occur once the allergy is installed. In human, the symptoms are quite different and they will be strongly related to the respiratory system, while in dogs the skin is the most affected part.
As the allergy starts to settle in, your dog will experience skin irritation and severe itching sensations which he will try to get rid off by any means necessary. This will lead to him scratching all day long and even biting and chewing those affected areas.
Such behavior can only cause more damage to an already sensitive skin, provoking the appearance of various infections, dermal complications, inflammations and severe rash. Among the symptoms you need to take into account there are also ear problems derived from the untreated allergy, coughing and sneezing in some cases and even irritated oral mucous and red eyes.
We have mentioned earlier that all environmental allergies can evolve into year-round clinical problems. In this particular case, the thing that pops out is that the symptoms start to become more and more visible and severe as the time passes and one problem will lead to another as the allergy becomes increasingly difficult to deal with. It is, therefore, very important that you should take measures immediately after noticing the first symptoms, because the issue is bound to get worse.
Among the most recommended ways to fight a seasonal allergy are those involving your dog’s hygiene and diet. Therefore, you must subdue your pet to warm baths designed to ease his pain cause by the constant itching, while in same time diminishing the number of allergens from its skin and fur. Also, make sure to keep the dog’s habitat as clean as possible, whether is indoor or outdoor, because this will also help in reducing the number of allergens your dog got infected to.
One thing you have to remember though and we need to get this written down, because a lot of people were unaware of this and cause their pets more problems than they already had. If not absolutely necessary, do not vaccinate your dog. You need to keep in mind that an allergy is triggered by the dog’s immune system’s response to allergens and a vaccine’s role is to stimulate the immune system and this is something you definitely don’t want.
Apart from considering dog food for hunting dogs, the best thing to do in case your dog has contracted a seasonal allergy is to consult a veterinarian. He will be the most qualified in providing you with answers and solutions. Don’t try and tackle these issues by yourself; you might end up doing more harm than good.
These being said, take care of your pet and keep it healthy and you will get a lot of love in return.
Well, this depends on whether you want to try treating the allergies at home by using home-made remedies you have read or heard about, or if you want to take the dog to the vet for a check-up and a professional opinion. Depending on how severe the allergy is will undoubtedly help you decide.
If it is a suspected seasonal allergy and only happens in the spring when the pollen count is high you can treat this with an over the counter anti-histamine like Benadryl (either adult or baby formula) Both come in either pill or liquid. It also helps to keep him inside as much as possible during this time. Make sure you find out the recommended dosage before you give him anything! You can find that out with a quick call to your vet, or even look it up online.
Regular bathing (once or twice a week) is also recommended for a dog with allergies that are affecting his skin from scratching and digging. Use a shampoo that is either formulated for dogs with allergies, or something that is gentle-like baby shampoo. You may even consider having a groomer clip his coat very short in the summer months. Spray his ‘hot spots’ with something that is cooling and also helps with the itch. Aloe gel is really good for this. It cools, soothes and it won’t make him sick if he licks it off provided it’s 100% aloe. It’s especially good for use between the toes if this is where he is chewing and licking.
Along with bathing, check his ears to see what might be living in there. There may be mites or parasites that have taken up residence that he is allergic to, so clean them well and keep them dry. This is especially true of dogs who have long, floppy ears that can never get fresh air. Red, watery eyes signal an allergy to something that is probably inhaled, like smoke, perfumes or even air fresheners.
Avoid using any of this stuff, and if you have to smoke do it outside! Why should the dog have to suffer? (or anyone else for that matter) Invest in an air purifier, keep his bedding clean and dry and mop the floors at least twice a week to keep the dust down.
If you have done everything you can think of and your pet is still suffering from allergies then absolutely take him to the vet. A thorough examination and some blood work may turn up a solution to the problem. He may need to take a prescription medication or even be on steroids for a period of time. Although long-term use of steroids is not recommended, they do work really well at relieving allergy symptoms.
He may need to be on them during allergy season and then come off gradually as you head into winter. If it makes him feel better, what other choice do you have? You can talk with your vet about concerns you have about steroid use and see what he recommends. He may just give the dog a shot of methylprednisolone (steroid) that will (hopefully) last up to 6 months.