Spring has sprung!
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and all around, life is blooming once again. Yes, spring has finally returned and the weather is ideal for some fun in the sun! We at Escape the Crate know how much your dog wants to go outside and take it all in! But what, aside from fresh air and sunshine, could your dog be taking in? Just like us, our canine companions could also suffer from the effects of seasonal allergies. As responsible pet owners it’s up to us to be on the lookout for signs of allergic reactions and how we can help!
Dogs can be allergic to things like ragweed, grass, pollen, mold, or trees. Reactions to these allergies include but are not limited to:
- Red, puffy, and/or watery eyes
- Itchy, waxy ears, with hair loss around them or discharge from them
- Runny nose accompanied by sneezing
- Rash, pimples, or hotspots on the skin
Though your dog can’t talk and say what’s wrong, an observant dog owner will spot these signs right away. What’s important to do next is to quickly respond with immediate relief and professional consultation.
Fast, temporary relief can be given in several simple ways. Whatever allergens your dog is reacting to, may be brought into their environment on their feet. Soaking them in a mixture of warm water and iodine is not only a quick response, but also a healthy routine. Washing your dog with a grain free, hypoallergenic shampoo, either regularly or after an allergic reaction, can also help remove allergens and soothe irritated skin. Responding with a diphenhydramine (commonly known as benadryl) is another trusty response to allergic reactions. Lastly, if symptoms persist, consult your vet so they may prescribe medication, tests, shots, or a change in diet.
Our dogs depend on us to keep them safe, healthy, and happy, and while springtime is a beautiful time of year full of fun and warmth, it does come with its fair share of hazards. Take your job as a responsible pet owner seriously, and your dog will thank you in the long run! Hope to see you and your dog real soon at Escape the Crate!