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Can dogs get hay fever

Can Dogs Get Hay Fever?

In short, yes.

But that would make for an extremely short article, so here are the details…


In the same way humans can suffer from hay fever, dogs can also suffer from allergies. As we are well into pollen season, it’s worth keeping an eye out for any changes in behaviour that may indicate your pet is suffering from an allergy.

  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • Increase in scratching or nibbling at the skin
  • Irritated eyes, red-looking or runny
  • Rash on the paws or skin

In order to rule out any serious conditions, and to confirm which type of allergy your pet is experiencing, booking an appointment with your veterinarian is important. They will be able to confirm the type of allergy your dog is experiencing, and the best course of treatment.

Certain breeds of dogs are thought to be more susceptible to this type of allergen, causing them to experience hay fever more often:

  • Dalmatians
  • Irish setters
  • Poodles
  • Schnauzers
  • West Highland terriers

You can also take measures at home to help your dog.

  • Keep the grass cut short and brush your dog after they have been playing outside or after a walk, it will help remove the pollen from their skin and coats.
  • Regular washing of their bedding will reduce the allergens in your home.
  • Walk your dog in the morning or evening when pollen counts are lower.
  • By keeping an eye out for when symptoms are worse, you may find out what/where the culprit is.

According to one estimate, one in ten dogs in the UK suffers from this allergic reaction in some way every year. There is some evidence that dogs who become hay fever prone later in life may not have had enough exposure to grasses, trees, and plants in their early years, due to a lack of immunity.

It’s best to get them checked out if you are concerned at all, as there are things you can do to make sure they enjoy the summer months.

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