If you’re a hayfever sufferer, you may have experienced discomfort recently due to the rising pollen count, but did you know dogs can also be affected?
Manufacturers of natural skin and coat supplement YuMEGA, Lintbells, discuss some of the signs to watch for and how you could help.
All dogs can have an aversion to pollen, but some are more susceptible than others, due to breed or environment. Many of the signs can be similar to human symptoms, including watery eyes and noses and a scratchy throat. For dogs, itchy skin can also be a common sign and excessive scratching and licking can lead to hair loss.
Here are some of the things you can do if you suspect your dog has a pollen allergy.
Wipe them down after walkies
After they have been outdoors, whether in the garden or on a walk, be sure to clean your dog’s paws to help remove any pollen they may have picked up. You could even consider giving your dog a regular foot bath, to gently clean their paws and fur.
Try a new route or location
You can also help by making a few small changes to their normal routine. For example, try taking them on a walk in a different location where you can limit their exposure to pollen. Try to also keep your lawn trimmed so your pooch can continue to enjoy themselves in the garden and avoid letting your dog run in dense vegetation and high grass.
Speak to your vet
It is also important to remember that if the signs persist always speak to your vet, as they will be able to provide a more accurate diagnosis and recommend a suitable treatment plan to help. This could include a mixture of medication, supplements or soothing topical cream. In many cases, the signs thought to be linked to pollen sensitivities can often be due to other causes such as fleas, dandruff or even in some cases anxiety.