7 Remedies for Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergies
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With the warmer weather upon us, allergy season is in full swing. As you may know, humans aren’t the only species who suffer the unpleasant symptoms. Our dogs are also susceptible to allergies that can make being outside (and inside, for that matter) downright miserable.
While dogs can experience ear infections, watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose, canine allergies usually present themselves in the form of skin irritation or inflammation. This typically results in your dog being itchier than usual, and he may lick or bite certain parts of his body to relieve the discomfort. Aside from being unsightly, hair loss, hot spots, scabbing, and open sores on your pup’s body leave room for infection to set in.
To prevent serious health problems from popping up and to give your pup some general relief from his day-to-day symptoms, here are some ways you can help Fido cope with seasonal allergies.
Bathe your dog frequently with a shampoo that’s designed for inflamed or sensitive skin to help keep away some of the allergens that cause him discomfort.
Feed your dog a low-grain or grain-free diet, as dog foods rich in carbohydrates can trigger and worsen inflammation.
This can be tricky in the spring, but try to keep your home as free from allergens as possible by vacuuming regularly and using non-toxic household cleaners.
Wash your dog’s paws before she comes inside. This will help keep the number of allergens in your home at a minimum.
Apply skin spray to treat tender spots on your dog’s body. Richard’s Organic Skin Spray contains soothing tea tree oil, coconut oil, and witch hazel.
Make a foot soak to pacify itchy paws. Combine 1 cup of Epsom salts with 1 gallon of water and soak your pup’s feet twice per day.
If your dog’s symptoms are severe, it’s safe to give your dog Benadryl to take the edge off. Be sure to consult your veterinarian before giving your dog medication.
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