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Dog Hay Fever


sneezeDid you know your dog can get hay fever just like you? Spring time in New Mexico is beautiful but if you have allergies can be a rough time of year, rough for you and your dog.

Symptoms of Hay fever

Hay fever in dogs is very similar to hay fever in people and affects up to 10% of the dog population. However, they also have some symptoms that are unique to canine hay fever:

  • Itchy all over their body
  • Rash on face and feet
  • Hair thinning or loss (alopecia) due to itching and chewing.
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing

Helping Hay fever

The one good thing about canine hay fever, or human, is that it is seasonal. It is predominant during spring, early summer and early fall. Basically when you see pollen counts climbing you will see a rise in allergies.  If you dog is going to develop seasonal allergies, it is mostly likely to start between the ages of 1-3 years old.

How to help:

  • Antihistamines – Do not give your pet any medication until you consult your vet on what to give and dosage.
  • Allergy Shots – This is an option for more sever allergies and you should discuss this with your vet.
  • Baths – Cool water baths will help ease the itching and burning of skin rashes.
  • Hair cut – If you have a long hair dog, clipping their hair can help keep allergens out of their hair, as well as help keep them cool to prevent sweat build up from aggravating the allergic reaction on their skin.
  • Soaking their paws in epsom salt to help alleviate the itching. Just make sure to properly rinse it, because if your dog licks their feet afterwards and the epsom salt is not fully rinsed it can give them diarrhea.

Bring your dog into Vetco to get them evaluated for seasonal allergies.



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