You’ve caught the flu before and it isn’t pretty. You’ve got the sore throat, runny nose, teary eyes, and the awful rashes. Dog allergy symptoms are the same way. They get easily irritated and lick and scratch themselves due to dry and itchy skin, rashes and swollen skin. Some dogs even suffer from nausea and diarrhea. Hence, here are a few ways to prevent these seasonal allergies and keeping your dog safe and as far away from discomfort as possible.
1. Walking Routine
If you’re habituated to taking your dog out for a walk or outside to the park early in the morning or late in the afternoon, then there is a higher chance of your dog catching an allergy. It is usually around this time that pollination occurs and hence the air is filled with pollen. Hence, it would be better to avoid open fields and parks with a lot of plants.
Once back from outside, you can use hypoallergenic, fragrance-free grooming wipe over their entire body to get rid of the germs on the fur without having to go through the whole procedure of bathing the dog repeatedly. Many also dip the paws of the feet of the dog in a diluted form of apple cider vinegar. Cleaning the paw is especially important as it is one of the most sensitive parts and most prone to catching allergens.
2. Air Purifier/Filters
Air purifiers are a little on the expensive side but if you already own one then you should keep it running to get rid of airborne allergens. However, a more affordable solution is to get air filters which are cheaper and keep changing them out.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is helpful to your dog in many ways. Primarily, however, it helps in reducing the allergic reactions to fleas and it also keeps the skin healthy. It reduces itchiness when there is dry skin and is also a good supplement to decrease inflammatory reactions when paired with fish.
Vacuuming is also a good tactic to avoid allergies and get rid of any allergens and pollens that may have settled down. Make sure to vacuum furniture with surfaces and especially the room the room where your dog hangs out the most. While you probably vacuum once a week, consider increasing it to about twice a week.
5. Keep Cleaning
Allergies are very annoying and they’re more so for dogs so you have to help them out as much as possible. But if you can avoid them by cleaning more frequently, then that saves you a trip to the vet. Keep changing and washing used sheets. If your dog has soft dog chews or anything other soft toys then keep washing those as they are breeding grounds for allergens.
6. Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Giving your dog a shower twice a day can help prevent allergies as well. In fact, you should buy a hypoallergenic anti-itch shampoo that has oatmeal or aloe vera in it. Keep them immersed in moisturizing oils for about 10-15 minutes and you can easily rinse off the allergens.
Switching your dog’s diet to a healthier one with more natural supplements like fish oil or omega-3 fatty acid can help revive the health of your dog’s skin. Make sure to keep cleaning out their bowls of water and food from time to time