Do Dogs Get Hayfever?
The spring and summer seasons can give us lots of ailments. Unfortunately, it is the same with our dogs. Contrary to popular belief, dogs can actually develop certain kinds of allergies like hayfever.
What is hayfever in dogs?
Hayfever is a kind of atopy or allergy. The most common allergens that can cause hayfever are flower, weed, grass, and tree pollens. Humans mostly develop flu-like symptoms such as colds and sneeze when exposed to these allergens. Unfortunately, it can pose more threats to dogs.
Dogs have naturally sensitive coats and skin. Because of this, these allergens can penetrate deep into their skin which can cause skin allergy. Furthermore, fleas and mites can further worsen the hayfever in dogs. Their bites can also cause extreme itchiness to dogs.
The worst thing is that fleas and mites are also common in the summer and spring seasons. This is why it could be difficult to determine the true cause of hayfever in dogs during these periods.
A weak immune system mostly causes dogs’ vulnerability to foreign substances. This is why it’s essential to boost their health to repel minor infections like hayfever.
What are the symptoms of hayfever in dogs?
For respiratory hayfever, dogs may also develop flu-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and difficulty breathing caused by a stuffed nose. Normally, dogs won’t develop fever alongside these flu-symptoms as hayfever is not a viral disease.
On the other hand, skin allergies may bring extreme itchiness. Dogs would try to ease the itchiness through scratching, which will then cause redness, pimples, and wounds, which will later lead to hair loss.
Both respiratory and skin allergies can cause great discomfort to dogs. This is why they may also develop lethargy, a decrease in appetite, and unruly behavior.
When left unresolved, the open wounds can be a breeding ground for bacteria, making the dogs susceptible to bacterial infections. Furthermore, their lethargy and lack of appetite may lead to other major diseases.
What are the treatments for hayfever in dogs?
Boosting the immunity of your dogs is the very first thing to do to prevent and treat hayfever. It can easily be done by giving them a balanced diet and regular exercise.
It is also recommended that you introduce your dogs to multivitamins, especially those that contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Iron. These three nutrients are essential in boosting the immunity of your dogs. However, they are mostly found on foods that aren’t compatible with dogs.
This is why they are best consumed through supplements. Furthermore, you can also give your dog a generous amount of Vitamin E and Collagen to improve their skin and coat condition.
These nutrients can help your dogs repeal skin allergies while also making their fur smoother. Sure enough, there are lots of ailments that are far more dangerous than hayfever.
However, it can also pose a serious risk to your dog’s health because of its side effects. This is why it’s important to boost your dog’s immunity as early as possible.
Laura Robinson, DMV
Dr Laura practices at the Antonio Animal Hospital in California, where she was born and raised. She is an advisor to Wuffes, ensuring all our products and content is of the highest standard