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Posted on 08-11-2017
Just like humans, some pets experience seasonal allergies throughout the year. Dogs, in particular, have difficulty during the summer months when plants which grow low to the ground including weeds and grasses tend to release the most pollen. Since dogs love running, rolling, and playing in the grass and brush, this leaves them susceptible to exposure to allergens and the symptoms of pet allergies. If you suspect your dog might be suffering from seasonal allergies, we encourage you, for your pet's safety, to contact our veterinarian in Germantown before administering your own treatments or medications at home.
While some dogs experience allergies throughout the year, many are only bothered by seasonal allergens which occur in the summertime. Some of these common canine allergens include pollen from:
In addition to pollen, some pets are allergic to the stings of wasps, fire ants, yellow jackets, and hornets. Just like in humans, allergic reactions can range from moderate to severe. If you notice a severe reaction, such as difficulty breathing or severe swelling, in your pet after an insect bite or sting, it is important to seek professional care immediately. Less severe signs and symptoms of allergies in dogs include irritated and itchy skin, red and watery eyes, itchy eyes, scaly or dry skin, runny nose, coughing, excessive licking and scratching, and sneezing.
If you notice your pup displaying some or all of the signs and symptoms of summer seasonal allergies, we encourage you to contact our Germantown animal hospital for proper diagnosis and treatment. Our veterinarian will evaluate your dog's overall health and symptoms to determine whether the cause is allergies or an illness of some sort. Depending on your dog's specific allergies, the severity of reactions, and lifestyle, we will help you determine the best course of treatment. Many steps can be taken to help alleviate your pet's summertime suffering such as limiting exposure to allergens, antihistamine medications, seasonal steroidal treatment, and even medicated baths to soothe irritated skin. Contact us at (901) 754-5007 to schedule your pet's seasonal allergy consultation.
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