It’s allergy season folks, but did you know that our beloved dogs can suffer from allergies just like humans?
It’s not just the coughing and runny nose, either. When a dog inhales, ingests or comes into contact with an allergen, they might develop skin rashes, lose fur or lick certain areas known as “hot spots” more than usual due to discomfort.
As well, allergies can develop at any age, in any breed. So if you notice that your dog is exhibiting physical signs of irritation, it’s important to get to the bottom of it, as daily routines get disrupted.
If your dog goes to daycare or you have an upcoming trip planned where pet boarding will be necessary, then you may be worried about how your pup will fare in these unfamiliar environments.
Your vet can help distinguish the triggers and offer valuable insight on how to manage your dog’s allergies. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common allergies and symptoms.
Food allergies: Oftentimes caused by protein sources, dairy, soy and wheat.
Environmental allergies: If your dog's symptoms seem worse at certain times of the year (such as fall as opposed to summer), then a trigger found outdoors could be the culprit. Common triggers include pollen, fleas, mold, trees, grasses and flowers.
Indoor allergies: Some dogs who mainly live indoors might develop itchy rashes on their skin. If so, they could be allergic to dust mites. Some fabrics, materials and cleaning solutions can also cause allergies.
Grooming Products: If you take your dog to the groomer’s or notice discomfort after a bath at home, your pup could be sensitive to the shampoo, or even the fragrances found in your perfume and lotion.
After your vet has narrowed down the list, it’ll be easier to make lifestyle changes and administer treatment, depending on the severity of your dog’s symptoms.
The key is to keep your dog away from the allergen, which isn’t always possible to do, but you can still help give relief.
Look for pet products that are manufactured using hypoallergenic materials and choose foods that don’t list the allergen as an ingredient.
Choose eco friendly cleaners and grooming products that use plant based ingredients instead of harsh chemicals.
If the irritation and itching is out of control, your vet may prescribe antihistamines, allergy vaccines or corticosteroids.
All because your dog has allergies doesn’t mean they need to miss out on all the fun play time at the dog park.
The key is communication. Many reputable doggie daycares and pet boarding in Jacksonville are prepared for furry guests with allergies. When shopping around, make sure to ask if they can accommodate your pup and how they are prepared to help them in case of a flare up.
These are just a few examples of services that might be offered, but it’s up to the pet owner to communicate their dog’s needs for the utmost comfort. A reputable boarding facility will be open to flexibility, whether your dog has a special diet or can’t be in contact with certain fabrics.
After all, it’s all about your dog’s health and happiness when they stay and play in a new environment.