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Can dogs get hayfever?

Asked in Dog Allergies, Dog Health, Dog Walks,

Can Dogs Get Hayfever?

Yes, dogs can develop allergies much like people, though we don't typically use the term "hayfever" for dogs. Dogs can react to environmental allergens including pollen, grasses, and trees.

Common Symptoms of Environmental Allergies in Dogs

  • Itchy Skin: This can lead to behaviors such as head rubbing and paw licking.

  • Red Skin: Irritated or inflamed skin is a common sign.

  • Chronic Ear Infections: Recurring ear problems can be a symptom.

  • Sneezing and Eye Irritation: These are less common but still possible symptoms.

Strategies to Help Manage Allergies

  • Allergen Avoidance: Walk your dog on paths rather than grass to reduce exposure to allergens.

  • Air Filters and Purifiers: These can help reduce the amount of allergens in your home.

  • Regular Baths: Bathing your dog frequently can help remove allergens from their coat.

  • Doggy Wet Wipes: Wipe your dog’s paws and face after coming inside to remove pollen and other allergens.

  • Medication: Anti-histamines or other allergy medications prescribed by a vet can help manage symptoms.

By following these strategies, you can help alleviate your dog’s allergy symptoms and improve their quality of life.

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