You may be hearing more sneezing than usual from the people in your life and school lately. It is Spring Time and that means it is allergy time. Red eyes, runny noses and itching are the most noticeable physical symptoms in humans. Did you know that your dog could suffer from allergies too? Allergy time for pets is equally frustrating and annoying, pets are not happy, trust us on this one. So, what can you do to help your pet feel better? #petallergies #petsgetallergiestoo
It is easy to miss the signs that something is bothering a pet because they can’t talk to you about it. Your dog will not be carrying a round a box of tissues to wipe his nose and eyes.
But he might be itching a lot more than normal. Dogs tend to show their allergic reactions in their skin and hair. Layla is a Spaniel/Labrador mix who lost a lot of her pretty black hair every spring. She also spent more time scratching her itches and her humans had no idea why their poor pup was suffering.
After a visit to the veterinarian it was discovered that Layla had what is called Environmental Allergies just like humans have! She now swallows one generic version of Benydryl every day in the spring and summer and all of her beautiful fur is back and she is no longer itching. Layla isn’t alone, Mister Spunky gets allergies too; he gets them so bad, he licks his paws until they are very red and painful. Ouch!
Here are a few more ideas to ease the pain of dry skin for your dog:
- Vitamin E is helpful for dogs in more than one way. You can massage vitamin E oil into their skin or give them a dog pill of vitamin E.
- Plain yogurt is a great treat for a dog and it is super healthy for them as well!
- Baby oatmeal cereal is a popular skin remedy for both humans and pets. Stir the oatmeal into warm water and let your dog soak it in. It makes dry itchy skin feel better immediately.
- Cut down on how often you bath your dog. Sometimes dry skin is the result of too much soap and too many baths. Most dogs would agree with this tip I’m sure!
- Soaking your pet in an epsom salt bath. This help soothe the skin and takes away the itching
Your pet cannot hop in the car and go buy what he needs to help him with his allergy problems. So if you notice your furry buddy scratching more than usual or losing his hair at this time of year, it may be due to allergies. Let your veterinarian take a look and your pup will thank you with lots of extra kisses!
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.