You dog can experience two major allergy problems: Food allergies and environmental allergies. They are both equally uncomfortable and can both degenerate into more serious complications, but from the two, the seasonal type seems to bit a little bit tricky. Seasonal allergies can evolve into full year manifestations, which will cause your dog to experience a serious discomfort and irritation.
In order to effectively diagnose a seasonal allergy, you have to be very careful for various symptoms that will occur once the allergy is installed. In human, the symptoms are quite different and they will be strongly related to the respiratory system, while in dogs the skin is the most affected part. As the allergy starts to settle in, your dog will experience skin irritation and severe itching sensations which he will try to get rid off by any means necessary. This will lead to him scratching all day long and even biting and chewing those affected areas. Such behavior can only cause more damage to an already sensitive skin, provoking the appearance of various infections, dermal complications, inflammations and severe rash. Among the symptoms you need to take into account there are also ear problems derived from the untreated allergy, coughing and sneezing in some cases and even irritated oral mucous and red eyes.
We have mentioned earlier that all environmental allergies can evolve into year-round clinical problems. In this particular case, the thing that pops out is that the symptoms start to become more and more visible and severe as the time passes and one problem will lead to another as the allergy becomes increasingly difficult to deal with. It is, therefore, very important that you should take measures immediately after noticing the first symptoms, because the issue is bound to get worse.
Among the most recommended ways to fight a seasonal allergy are those involving your dog’s hygiene and diet. Therefore, you must subdue your pet to warm baths designed to ease his pain cause by the constant itching, while in same time diminishing the number of allergens from its skin and fur. Also, make sure to keep the dog’s habitat as clean as possible, whether is indoor or outdoor, because this will also help in reducing the number of allergens your dog got infected to. One thing you have to remember though and we need to get this written down, because a lot of people were unaware of this and cause their pets more problems than they already had. If not absolutely necessary, do not vaccinate your dog. You need to keep in mind that an allergy is triggered by the dog’s immune system’s response to allergens and a vaccine’s role is to stimulate the immune system and this is something you definitely don’t want.
The best thing to do in case your dog has contracted a seasonal allergy is to consult a veterinarian. He will be the most qualified in providing you with answers and solutions. Don’t try and tackle these issues by yourself; you might end up doing more harm than good.
These being said, take care of your pet and keep it healthy and you will get a lot of love in return.