Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies in Dogs
Seasonal allergies are due to an imbalance in dogs’ immune response to allergens such as grass pollens, house dust mites, and more. Common reactions to seasonal allergies in pets include scratching and biting, paw-licking, and excessive shedding. More severe symptoms can involve ear infections, inflamed skin, and respiratory issues.
Scratching and Biting
Dogs will often bite and scratch
their skin as a result of pollen in the environment. If the dog persistently itches one area, it can become a “hot spot,” a red, irritated, wet area that can become large and sore very quickly.
While it is pretty standard for dogs to lick their paws as part of the grooming process, excessive licking or chewing of their paws is a concern that there could be other issues. The constant licking and biting can lead to a secondary infection due to the extra moisture.
Almost all dog owners expect that their four-legged friend will shed their fur. Allergies can cause an increase in shedding, and you should pay attention to properly treat them.
Scratching at Ears
If a dog scratches his ears too much, it can cause painful ear infections that need treatment. Ear scratching is also a common reaction to pollen.
Itchy, dry, or cracked skin could be a sign of environmental dermatitis. Things like grass, dirt, and plants can cause the skin to have allergic reactions.
Pollen, dust, fleas, and other allergens can give dogs hives. Hives appear as red, swollen, and itchy skin irritants in dogs.
Coughing, hard time breathing
, and asthma are all reactions to seasonal allergies in dogs. In some cases, the dog will have a cough and possibly sometimes wheezing.