With the arrival of spring, everything around is green and blooming, and everyone rejoices in this, except for those who are allergic to grass, pollen, and plants. It is noteworthy that not only people but also dogs suffer from allergies. Moreover, treating a dog with allergies is no easier than curing a person.
Allergies in dogs can even show up to house plants and grass. Therefore, be careful when choosing indoor plants and outdoor grass. For example, variegated orchids do not cause allergies in animals and humans. But hibiscus may well cause long-term allergies in a child, adult, or dog.
Types of Allergies
There are usually three types of allergies in dogs:
- Flea saliva allergy
- Food allergy
- Grass Pollen Allergies or Allergy to environmental substances
There is no particular grass that can cause allergies in dogs. Dogs who have grass allergies are allergic to pollen generated by the grass. Usually, all grasses release pollen during spring but avoid Bermuda grass because it produces more allergies than other grasses.
If we consider animals according to the division by breeds, then absolutely all pets are prone to undesirable manifestations on the grass. As a rule, the disease appears in dogs from the age of two. But do not forget that there can always be exceptions to the rule, and a young puppy will begin to suffer from this disease. All dogs of any can develop grass allergies, but it is more frequently seen in:
- German Shepherds
- Miniature Schnauzers
- Dogs over three months of age
You may be thinking about how to recognize and treat grass allergies in dogs? so let’s discuss them in detail below:
Grass Allergy Symptoms
Recently, dogs have often begun to suffer from allergic manifestations of grass, but their owners do not even suspect that this is an allergy. The reason for this manifestation may be a weakened sensitive body of the dog, excessive vaccination, as well as poor-quality food. Each case is different. Here are some of the more visible external signs that suggest a dog is allergic to grass:
- while walking, the dog constantly sneezes, twists its muzzle, rubs its nose with its paws;
- the whites of her eyes turn red, discharge from the eyes and the nose, swelling, and inflamed ears appear;
- after each walk, the dog “licks” its paws, bubbles and cracks form on the pads and between the toes;
- rashes appear on the dog’s stomach, which she licks and scratches.
The last symptom is most typical for short and short-legged dogs (spaniels, dachshunds); however, a rash on the abdominal skin can appear in representatives of other breeds.
Any of these signs are enough to make you worry; if you notice that after a walk your pet is coughing, breathing heavily, with wheezing, he has increased salivation – immediately call a veterinarian or go to the clinic! An acute allergic reaction can cause pulmonary edema, which develops very quickly and is fatal in most cases.
Abdominal irritation is a common symptom of grass allergy in small breed dogs. However, even moderate allergies require treatment. Otherwise, walks will torture both the pet and the owner. The owners need to carry out into the street in her/his arms. Dogs could not move on their own – their paws hurt and bled so much. To not bring the dog to such a state, you need to contact your veterinarian on time.
Many dog breeders advise giving dogs “human” antihistamines – both in pill form and in the form of ointments and injections. In case of emergency, you can really use them. Still, it is better not to experiment with the pet’s health, but to take it to the clinic and do tests, as a result of which it is often found that the dog is allergic, not only to grass or flowering plants but also to certain components of the feed.
If it is determined that the pet is allergic to grass, you need to consider choosing the route for walking carefully. Avoid driving your dog through tall and recently cut grass – it is better to find a clearing overgrown with clover or plantain. Don’t let your pet get close to flowering plants, sniff at them, and eat grass (many dogs love to do this). After a walk, even in dry weather, the dog should wash and dry his paws.
The general recommendations for dealing with pet allergies include the following.
- Choose routes carefully for walking with the animal;
- Keep an eye on your pet and do not take your eyes off him;
- Don’t let your dog sniff flowering plants or grass;
- After a walk, even in dry weather, rinse and dry the animal’s paws.
The above symptoms are manifested during walks and after them. If these symptoms are found, you should immediately contact a veterinary clinic. The doctor will prescribe special antihistamines and give treatment recommendations. For example, Apoquel has proven itself very well.
You can also take additional measures that can reduce the contact of the animal with pollen. During the flowering season, you should refrain from walking on the street or choose places with the least amount of vegetation, and after walking, be sure to bathe the dog. It’s also good to put shoes on your dog in special slippers before letting him out on the grass.