If you’ve noticed your dog gnawing their paws, scratching around their collar, watery eyes and red ears and even sneezing they might have a seasonal allergy.
Just like in humans, seasonal and environmental allergies can cause discomfort and be a problem for dogs. Unfortunately, identifying these symptoms as allergies isn’t always easy.
What are seasonal allergies?
Allergies are sensitivities to things found in our everyday environments like dust and pollen. Typically, these things aren’t harmful to dogs (or humans).
Yet, your immune system may feel differently and react to an otherwise harmless substance as dangerous. Normally, the immune system protects your dog from infection and disease, but when it comes to allergies the immune system can be harmful to the body, according to the VAC.
When this happens the immune system responds by releasing histamines that can cause inflammation, swelling and itching. Inflammation then causes the various signs associated with an allergic reaction.
Just like humans, a large number of substances can be allergens, and each dog is allergic to different things.
Some common environmental allergens are:
- Flea saliva
Also, just like humans, dogs can have food allergies too. This blog will focus on seasonal allergies. However, if you notice any of the below symptoms, we always recommend seeing your vet for a proper diagnosis as both food and environmental allergens can cause similar reactions.
Allergy Symptoms To Look Out For In Dogs
Dogs often react to allergies by scratching or biting to try and relieve itching which can them lead to redness and inflammation.
Here are some symptoms to look for:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Respiratory congestion
- Itchy flaky skin (pruritus)
- Hair loss Itching Ear infections
- Shaking their head and scratching one or both ears
- Smelly and/or “dirty” ears
- Licking of the paws and anus
- Patchy skin or skin irregularities
Dog Skin Allergies
Environmental allergens are one of the main causes of skin allergies in dogs.
Dust, pollen, and mold are all environmental allergens (among other triggers) that can cause allergic reactions or atopic dermatitis. Often times, these are seasonal. So you may only notice your dog itching during certain times of the year.
The most commonly affected areas are the paws and ears, but the wrists, ankles, muzzle, underarms, groin, eyes and in between the toes may also be affected.
Your dog may try to scratch, bite or lick his or her skin for relief which can then make him or her susceptible to yeast and bacterial infections.
Distinguishing Seasonal Allergies Versus Food Allergies
Food allergies tend to be year-round, but the sudden onset of symptoms can make it hard to tell.
Plus, when it comes to food, even if you haven’t changed anything in your dog’s diet, there’s always the chance that your food manufacturer may have changed their formula. The new ingredients could be causing a reaction.
How To Diagnose Seasonal Allergies In Dogs
It can be hard to identify seasonal allergies because both seasonal and environmental allergies have similar symptoms. Dogs with food allergies can have symptoms that manifest into the skin and in the gastrointestinal tract (i.e. diarrhea).
Very similar to allergy testing in humans, a small amount of test allergens are injected under your dog’s skin. Allergens are then identified by which injections cause redness, swelling and hives.
Using those results, your vet can create a specialized serum or immunotherapy shot that can be administered by the vet or at home.
Your vet may recommend other ways to diagnose the cause of your dog’s allergies depending upon their symptoms.
Natural Remedies To Help Relieve Allergy Symptoms For Dogs
Just like with humans, figuring out other ways to help relieve allergy symptoms for your dog can take some trial and error.
Here are a few recommendations:
- Regular bathing with hypoallergenic shampoos: This can help remove possible allergens like pollen and grass that your dog may come in contact with as part of your daily routine.
- CBD Oil: Pure CBD can help relieve the symptoms of allergies by helping from within, as it is taken orally.
SHAMPOOS FOR DOGS WITH SKIN ALLERGIES
Petals and Tails pet shampoo is ideal for dogs and cats with skin allergies as its hypoallergenic, PH balanced and 100 % natural (no funky ingredients here!)
The special formula combines CBD oil, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, avocado oil and real floral extracts to help your pet maintain a healthy coat and skin layer while also providing moisture and relief to irritated and sensitive skin.
Discover the key ingredients in all our pet shampoos and the benefits they have:
Hemp Seed Oil
Helps to make your pet’s coat soft and shin. It acts as a healing oil for dogs with psoriasis, eczema and other skin rashes while relieving itchiness and dryness. Hemp seed oil also comes with a perfect balance of omega 6 and omega 3, fatty acids found in nature.
Moisturizing Coconut Oil
Reduces allergic reaction and improves skin health while leaving your pet’s fur soft and glossy. Coconut oil helps to clear up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin.
Cooling Aloe Vera
Aloe vera helps hydrate and maintain healthy skin and coat. Aloe vera has natural anti-inflammatory effects.
Moisturizes and soothes itchy skin, helping to relieve symptoms of allergies such as dry skin and hot spots. It also helps clean and soften your pet's coat.
Avocado contains vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids, these decrease inflammation in the body whilst also acting as a great moisturizer for skin.
Petals and Tails high-quality shampoos are comprised of supreme ingredients that support the health of your pets skin and coat. The ingredients include floral extracts that are sourced from all over the world as potent, therapeutic oils. Discover the four long-lasting scents below!
CBD OIL FOR DOGS WITH ALLERGIES
As well as using topical products, pure CBD oil can also help relieve the symptoms of allergies and make dogs less anxious. CBD Oil has so many benefits that normally people start giving it to their pet for one thing and then find it helps with other problems such as dry skin and allergies.
You can orally give your dog or cat CBD oil as well as using the shampoos and balms. This is due to CBD oil being a great supplement for your pet as well as relieving an array of symptoms.
SUCCESS STORIES OF PETS USING CBD FOR SKIN ALLERGIES
Kerry - Smells So Good - Lavender Fields Forever CBD Shampoo
" I've been a professional groomer for 10 years now and have tried a lot of brands of shampoo in the past. My dogs get pretty gross and smelly from being in daycare 5 days a week. This smells amazing and lasts! I usually have to use a special shampoo on my little mutt since a lot of shampoos make her itchy. She hasn't itched once since using it!! Will be buying a lot more!! "
Megan Q. - Saved!! - CBD Oil Dropper
" My mini Aussie has been taking this twice a day for seasonal allergies and it has been a lifesaver. He’s no longer itching incessantly!!! Customer for life "