Spring is a blessed time when everything is green and blooming. Every living creature is supposed to be happy about it, except for those with an allergy. Humans are not alone in their suffering from hay fever; animals are also prone to it. And treating allergies in them is no easier. How to recognize that a dog is allergic to grass and what treatment can actually help?
Symptoms of Hay Fever in Dogs
Here are some of the most pronounced external signs that suggest that a dog is allergic to grass:
- the dog constantly sneezes, twists its muzzle, rubs its nose with its paws, especially when outside;
- pet’s eyes are reddened, there is watery purulent discharge from its eyes and nose, the letter may even look slightly swollen, sometimes dog’s ears become inflamed;
- after each walk the dog licks its paws; boils and cracks form on the pads and between the fingers;
- rash appears on the dog’s stomach. It is always itchy and the animal is constantly licking and scratching it.
Note!The last sign is most characteristic in small and short-legged dogs (spaniels, dachshunds), but a skin rash in the abdominal area can also occur in representatives of other breeds.
Any of these signs is enough to get worried; if you notice that after the walk your pet is coughing, panting, wheezing, and has excessive salivation, do be sure to call a veterinarian immediately or, still better, take it directly to the clinic! An acute allergic reaction can cause pulmonary edema, which progresses very rapidly and in most cases is fatal.
Treatment of Allergic Reactions in Dogs
Skin irritation in the abdominal area is a common symptom of small breed dogs having an allergy to grass. However, even moderate allergic reactions require immediate treatment, otherwise every walking turns into pure torture for both the pet and its guardian. Sometimes the owner has to carry the pet out on hand, since poor animal cannot walk on its own as its paws are sore all over and bleeding. In order not to inconvenience the dog to this measure, you have to contact a veterinarian in a timely manner.
Many breeders advise administering dogs ‘human’ antihistamines, both in the form of tablets, and as ointments or injections. In case of emergency, these can really be relied on, but it’s better not to experiment with the pet’s health and to take it to the clinic and perform necessary tests. The examination often reveals that dog’s allergy is not only caused by grass or flowering plants, but also by some food components.
If it is confirmed that the dog is allergic to grass, you need to think twice before choosing a route for walking. Do not permit your pet on high or newly cut grass – it is better to find an overgrown lawn with clover or plantain. Do not allow your pet to approach flowering plants and especially sniff them (many dogs actually love smelling flowers). After the walk, even in dry weather, it is advisable to thoroughly wash and wipe the dog’s paws.