Did you know your pet can suffer from seasonal allergies just like us humans? Many are unaware of the signs and symptoms our pets show us when allergy season comes around. Unlike humans, however, dog and cat allergies often take the form of skin irritation or inflammation called allergic dermatitis instead of symptoms involving the respiratory tract. It’s that time of year when environmental allergies are at their peak, be aware so your dog doesn’t suffer!
Luckily, Royal Flush Havanese provides a quick source guide to all the information on seasonal allergies in your Havanese dog. Here are nine signs and signals that your dog may be suffering from seasonal allergies:
- Itching – If your pup is constantly scratching himself, especially even worse after being outside, is a clear indicator your Havanese is bothered by a type of allergen.
- Red, irritated, or inflamed skin – Just like us pup parents, our dogs can break out in rashes or hives when exposed to something they are allergic to. Always check areas of their belly and feet, between the toes, the areas and parts of the body that touch grass or pollen the most. Also, under certain circumstances allergies can cause a dog’s skin to become red and inflamed near the mouth, chin, and paws.
- Licking – If your pup is constantly licking areas such as his or her belly or paws, it is very possible your pup is bothered by something in the environment.
- Rubbing on things – If your Havanese is continuously rubbing his or her face on couches or pillows, most dogs will attempt to rub their entire body or face across surfaces to alleviate the itching caused by an allergen.
- Hair loss – If the allergy is left untreated for too long, your dog continues to be exposed to the allergen and can suffer hair loss!
- Hot spots – Continued exposure to an allergen without any medication may result in hot spots. Hot spots are when the skin becomes so inflamed that the skin becomes extremely red, may begin to bleed, and result in hair loss.
- Stinky, red ears – If an allergy is affecting your dog’s ears, there is often an odor and redness present.
- Head shaking – If your pup’s ears are really being bothered by allergies, he or she may shake their head extremely often due to the irritation. Typically, your pup may not want you to touch or go anywhere near their head area.
- Puffy eyes – Just like us, our dogs often get puffy, red eyes due to allergen exposure.
There are many natural remedies dog owners can use to help reduce the severity of seasonal allergies in their pet. One of the most helpful solutions is, surprisingly, apple cider vinegar. Often times you’ll hear that for humans, apple cider vinegar is a miracle treatment for skin conditions such as acne, but did you know that it is equally helpful for canine allergic dermatitis? When applied topically, apple cider vinegar can help relieve many of the tell-tale signs of dog allergies, including hot spots, excessive itching, and loss of hair – just a small amount can be mixed with some water and applied to the skin directly.
Also, decaffeinated tea bags can help combat intense hot spots, and are a gentler option that can be used alone or mixed with a small dose of Aspirin tablets and rubbing alcohol for a quick topical treatment. We suggest using a decaffeinated, herbal tea such as chamomile if you are going to use this option, but remember, never let your dog ingest the tea during treatment, as it is very toxic!
Lastly, one of the best at-home remedies for canine skin allergies is colloidal silver, which can be used topically on both dogs and cats to help alleviate hot spots, rashes, and any other skin conditions. Not only is it a safe, non-toxic choice for your pet, but it also has no known drug interactions and does not sting when being used. Plus, it is cost-effective and easy to find – any pharmacy or health store should carry colloidal silver without having to be ordered beforehand or prescribed by a vet. If using to treat allergic skin conditions, apply a couple of drops to the affected area and massage gently.
Of course, if your dog does not respond to these treatments, or if symptoms get worse, talk to your vet about alternative methods of treating allergic dermatitis.
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