As we slowly stagger towards British Summer Time, the pollen count gets higher, and many dogs experience discomfort due to seasonal allergies. It can be difficult to watch your furry friend suffer, but there are steps you can take to help alleviate their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Here are a few tips to help your dog through the summer and beyond.

1. Keep an eye out for symptoms

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First and foremost, watch your dog for any behavioural changes or worrisome habits. Some common symptoms of a dog with allergies include itching, scratching, and licking excessively. This can lead to redness, inflammation, and even hair loss in affected areas. Other signs of allergies in dogs may include sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, and a runny nose. In more severe cases, dogs may develop skin infections or hot spots due to constant scratching and lickin

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2. Talk to your vet about any concerns

It’s important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action for your dog’s specific needs. A vet can help determine the underlying cause of the allergies and they may recommend allergy testing or prescribe medication to help manage symptoms. Additionally, a vet may suggest lifestyle changes such as keeping your dog indoors during peak allergy seasons or using hypoallergenic bedding. With the guidance of a vet, you can help manage your dog’s seasonal allergies and improve their quality of life.

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3. Keep your home clean

In addition, keeping your home clean and free of allergens can greatly benefit your dog. Regularly vacuuming carpets and washing bedding can help reduce exposure to pollen and other irritants. We previously discussed how to keep your home clean with mucky paws and dirty dogs here. Also, consider using a high-quality air purifier to help filter out airborne particles that may trigger allergies in your dog.

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4. Keep your dog clean!

Another tip is to groom and bathe your dog regularly, as this can help remove allergens from their fur and skin. Brushing your dog’s coat helps to remove dirt, debris, and allergens that can irritate their skin and respiratory system. Bathing your dog with a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo can also help to keep their skin clean and free of allergens.

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5. Switch up their diet

Finally, consider adjusting your dog’s diet to include foods that support a healthy immune system. One option is to include omega-3 fatty acids in their diet, which can help reduce inflammation and improve skin health. Fish oil supplements or foods rich in omega-3s such as salmon or flaxseed can be beneficial for dogs with allergies. Probiotics are another great addition to your dog’s diet to support their immune system and promote healthy digestion. Yoghurt or probiotic supplements specifically designed for dogs can help balance the gut microbiome and reduce allergic reactions. Lastly, consider adding anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric or green tea to your dog’s meals to further support their immune system and reduce allergy symptoms. Always consult with your vet first though, before making any changes to your dog’s diet.

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