A dog sneezes among some tress.

Seasonal allergies affect many of us and while we enjoy the blooms and beauty of springtime, these plants greatly contribute to allergy attacks in people and dogs. While dogs can also have an array of allergies, their symptoms manifest differently than they do in humans.

If you suspect your dog has pollen allergies, the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital can help you find the cause and a solution. We can also give you some tips on how to relieve the symptoms for a healthier, happier pet. 

What Is A Pollen Allergy?

As the weather warms, pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds perk up. It is the high season for many plants to bloom, which means it is extremely hard to escape pollen. 

An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to certain things in the environment. The body then releases histamine and decreases immunity, which is why symptoms emerge. Dog pollen allergies seem to be at their worst in spring and last until autumn. 

Symptoms of Pollen Allergies

Seasonal allergies are some of the most common forms of allergies in dogs. If you notice any of the following signs, it could indicate your dog is suffering from a pollen allergy: 

  • Itchy skin, excessive scratching and biting at skin
  • Licking the nose
  • Rubbing their face on the floor and furniture
  • Hair loss 
  • Inflammation
  • Hot spots
  • Ear infection
  • Eye discharge

Diagnosis And Treatment

During the checkup, your veterinarian will ask you a few questions about symptoms and when they are at their worst. We will do a physical examination and look for signs of yeast overgrown, infection, or skin disorders. We might also perform allergy testing or a food elimination trial to eliminate other potential sources of the allergy.

Treatment can include an array of effective options, including oral allergy medications (apoquel, cytotec, atopica, or prednisolone), oral antibiotics, topical antiseptics (in the form of shampoo, spray, or mousse), oral antifungals, and topical cream rinses.

At home, you can help your pet by using air filters and HEPA filters in the furnace and on vacuum cleaners. You should also close windows, keep your pet indoors when pollen counts are high, and feed your pet a good quality diet. If your pet comes into contact with a lot of pollen, you can clean their coat with a soothing oatmeal-based shampoo. Wipe off paws and fur when they come in from the outdoors, and wash their bed and bedding often.
For more information on what to do if your pet has pollen allergies, please call Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital at (610) 589-5019.