Spring cleaning? First, read Darren’s advice on hay fever & dust allergies in dogs

March 4, 2024

If you’ve experienced the discomfort of hay fever, you understand how challenging spring and summer can be. But did you realise that dogs can also suffer from hay fever? It’s a fact. Moreover, were you aware that the symptoms of hay fever in dogs closely mirror those of dust allergies?

With many UK residents preparing for a big spring clean in their home, our Vet Darren Partridge, wants Greater London dog owners to know the symptoms of these two allergies to look out for.

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Might your dog have hay fever?

Hay fever, medically termed allergic rhinitis, involves allergic responses to pollen originating from trees, grasses, weeds, or other flora. Darren suggests that its prevalence may vary in different geographical regions and is influenced by your dog’s local surroundings. If you have concerns, it’s wise to schedule a dog check-up. Book an appointment at Alpha Vets.

Hay fever symptoms in dogs may include:

  • Itching around their face, ears, paws, and belly – they may scratch, rub their face against furniture or the ground, or lick excessively.
  • Sneezing repeatedly in response to pollen exposure.
  • Runny or congested nose, leading to nasal discharge.
  • A dry or moist cough
  • Watery or teary eyes which can appear red or inflamed.
  • Skin irritations manifesting as redness, rash, hives, or hot spots.

Might your dog have a dust allergy?

Darren emphasises that dust allergies are a prevalent concern among dogs as well. Dust mites and various particles present in household dust can provoke allergic responses in dogs, resulting in a condition called atopic dermatitis or environmental allergies. Dogs can encounter dust particles through inhalation or direct contact, causing skin irritation and other allergy-related symptoms.

Dust allergy symptoms in dogs may include:

  • Itching, particularly around the face, ears, paws, belly & groin – dogs may scratch, lick, or chew at their skin.
  • Respiratory issues such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing in response to inhaling dust particles.
  • Skin irritations manifesting as redness, rash, hives, or inflamed skin in affected areas – the skin may appear irritated, scaly, or crusty.
  • Hair loss from excessive scratching/licking, resulting in hair loss/bald patches on the skin.
  • Ear infections characterised by itching, redness, discharge, or odour in the ears.

When treating allergy cases at Alpha Vets, Darren often hears owners say “my dog can’t be allergic as they don’t have all the symptoms”.

Darren suggests that dogs, much like humans, can exhibit diverse reactions to allergens, and their immune responses may manifest differently. Not all dogs will display all symptoms simultaneously. In certain instances, dogs may develop respiratory problems due to dust allergies without showing other common symptoms like skin irritation or itching.

Additionally, the severity of symptoms can vary among individual dogs, with some experiencing mild symptoms while others may have more severe respiratory issues. Get our guide to Spring Cleaning when you have pets with allergies.

Might your dog have a different allergy?

Darren explains that dogs can sometimes experience both hay fever and dust allergies simultaneously, particularly if they have a predisposition to allergic reactions or are exposed to various allergens in their surroundings. It’s worth mentioning that although pollen and dust allergies are prevalent among dogs, they may also suffer from other types of allergies like flea, food, or mould allergies.

How to treating your dog’s allergies

If you are witnessing any of the symptoms above and suspect your dog has a dust allergy or is experiencing allergic reactions to something, it’s best to act fast to help them feel better. Darren recommends getting them booked in with one of our vets in Teddington as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.

As well as performing the necessary tests, our vets will recommend options to alleviate any respiratory discomfort and manage allergy symptoms effectively. Appropriate management strategies may include medication, dietary changes, or environmental modifications to reduce allergen exposure. Book a vet check today.

Get our Spring Cleaning Tips for Pets with Allergies

 

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