How to Survive Allergy Season?

Spring is considered prime allergy season because that’s when pollen is the worst and that’s one of the most common allergies. But the truth is that allergies come in all shapes and sizes and can happen all year long, depending on what triggers them. And if your dog is experiencing reactions to certain stimuli, it’s time to get serious about allergies.

Is It an Allergy or a Cold?

Colds and allergies are often mistaken for each other because they have similar symptoms. Runny eyes, runny noses, and congestion can accompany either one. The best way to tell the difference is to pay attention to how the symptoms act. Colds tend to come and go, depending when your pet was exposed to another dog with it. But allergies linger and often appear during certain times of the year or when exposed to certain triggers.

Practice Good Prevention

Your dog’s allergies may be triggered by one thing or multiple things. For example, it’s not uncommon to be allergic to both pollen and dust. Start with a lot of observation. You’ll want to pay attention to what situations or times of years that your dog experiences symptoms.

Let’s say your pet gets runny eyes every time you feed them a certain food or use a certain shampoo on them. Once you’ve noticed the connection, the next step is to keep him away from that trigger for a while. If the symptoms go away, continue to keep him away from those triggers to prevent future allergic reactions.

Get Your Vet Involved

Sometimes it’s as simple as realizing your dog’s allergic to wheat and then eliminating wheat from his diet. When it’s not, it’s time to get your vet involved.

Your vet’s education and experience makes her an incredible asset in your dog’s health. Bring in as much information you can about your pet’s symptoms and possible triggers. Your vet will likely do some testing and give your dog a diagnosis based on it.

Your vet may also have some ideas for allergy medications that could alleviate symptoms. If that’s the case, be sure to follow the directions carefully and keep an eye on your dog after he takes it. Note any side effects and inform your vet right away if you notice anything out of the ordinary.