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Can Dogs Get Hay Fever?

Dog scratching

Yes they can.

But that wouldn’t make for a very long article so here are the details…
Just like us humans, dogs can also suffer from hay fever, each year we seem to hear pollen counts are high, so as we move into pollen season, it’s worth keeping an eye out for any behaviour that could indicate your beautiful beast has an allergy going on.

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

Not all symptoms need to be shown for your dog to have hay fever, if you believe that your dog may be suffering from it, then it’s important to book an appointment with your vet, where they can rule out any serious conditions, and confirm the type of allergy your dog is experiencing, and the best course of treatment.

Its thought that certain breeds of dogs are more susceptible to this form of allergen, and tend to experience hay fever more than others:

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

As well as a veterinary treatment there are things you can do at home to help.

  • 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.

It’s thought that 1 in 10 dogs in the UK suffers to some extent from this annual allergy. Some research has indicated that dogs that have not been exposed to a variety of grasses, trees and plants in their early years are more likely to develop signs of dog hay fever later on; as their immunity has not been sufficiently built up.

It’s best to get them checked out if you are concerned at all as there are things to help, so all our beautiful beasts can enjoy sniffing and playing in the outdoors this Summer.

Dog playing in grass

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