Could your dog have seasonal allergies?

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Spring is finally upon us, and with spring comes seasonal allergies. But did you know that dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies, just like we can? Find out how the change in weather may be affecting your four-legged friend …

 

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are allergy symptoms that appear during certain times of the year, which are usually a reaction to environmental allergens (such as grasses and pollens). So, for example, symptoms may show up in the spring and summer months then settle as the weather cools. Allergy symptoms that continue throughout the year are usually not considered seasonal – they’re more likely to be caused by food allergies/intolerances or an environmental trigger that is constant all year round, such as dust mites.

 

What should you look for?

Scratching, chewing and rubbing are common signs that your dog is feeling itchy and uncomfortable. Other symptoms may include:

  • Hair loss, redness and/or inflammation – on certain areas of skin, the most common being the belly, between the paws and under the chin.
  • Head shaking/pawing at ears – which can be an indication of itchy and inflamed ears. (If there is an infection from yeast or bacteria, discharge and a bad odour will usually be present as well.)
  • Hot spots – which can occur when your dog scratches or licks itself excessively in one spot, eventually forming a wet scab on the fur. This can also create an environment for bacterial contamination, which can spark mild to severe skin infections that require antibiotics.
  • Respiratory and sinus problems – a runny nose, watery eyes, coughing and sneezing, though not as common as skin conditions, are typical in dogs.
  • Flea allergy dermatitis – While flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is not a seasonal allergy as such, it is more common during the warmer months when flea populations increase. Some dogs, even when given preventative treatment, are very sensitive to the saliva of a flea bite and hair loss, itchiness and redness can still come about from just one bite.

 

What could be triggering their symptoms?

Seasonal symptoms are usually triggered by environmental substances, such as:

  • grasses and pollens in spring and summer
  • grass/plant mites
  • weeds
  • plant phenolics (a group of natural plant chemicals)

 

Natural Allergy Treatment for Pets

At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), our Pet practitioner Kate performs PAT for pets in the comfort of your own home. Positive Association Technique (PAT) is a natural and non-invasive therapy that may help to decrease allergic reactions to various substances and ease symptoms associated with allergies in cats and dogs.

PAT is a non-invasive, holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your pets body
  • may reduce your reactions to food and environmental triggers that may be causing or exacerbating your pets symptoms.

 

Want to know if PAT is right for your pet? Get in touch!

Send our pet practitioner a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.

You can also request an appointment here with our experienced PAT Pet Practitioner or call our head office on 9964 0099 Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm (EST).

This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage allergy-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

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