Pet wellbeing company, Paws.com provide information on common summer allergies in dogs.
Summer is a time when many dog owners like to be out with their furry friend, going on walks and exploring the various parks and countryside that the UK has to offer.
However, what you might not realise is that many dogs are prone to similar seasonal allergies as humans. Research shows that one in ten dogs are victims to hay fever.
With this summer seeing pollen counts soar, Paws.com’s vet and pet wellbeing specialist, Dr. Steph Wenban, provides the following advice to dog owners on what allergies your pooch may be suffering from, how to recognise them and how to treat them.
“The most common summer allergies dogs face are fleas, pollen, dust mites and harvest mites in the grass. If your dog is suffering from these allergies, they may show the following symptoms; irritated or watery eyes, rubbing their face, sneezing, itching skin (especially around the ears, feet, groin and tail base).
“If your dog is displaying these symptoms then there are various things you can do to help your beloved pet:
- Apply a flea treatment at regular intervals throughout the summer
- Wash your dog after each walk, particularly around the feet and tummy
- Add Omega 3 supplement to their diet, this can help keep the skin soft and supple
- Speak to your vet about possible summer medication for your dog. As humans we often rely on hay fever medication. Your pet too may need some tablets to help them through the summer.”