If your dog spends the summer scratching and licking her feet, you may be looking forward to fall for relief. Unfortunately, fall's arrival isn't guaranteed to stop seasonal allergy symptoms. Until the first or second hard frost, allergies are still in full swing as weeds and other plants continue releasing pollens.
If you're unsure whether your pet's symptoms are allergy related or not, see your veterinarian for confirmation. If your veterinarian has already diagnosed your pet with seasonal allergies, check with him or her to see if they recommend continuing treatment throughout the fall.
Help minimize allergy-related discomfort with the following tips:
- Keep your pet indoors when pollen levels are high.
- Don't let her roam in tall grass or weedy areas.
- Rinse or wipe your pet's feet and face after being outdoors.
- Bathe your pet every few weeks with a soothing colloidal oatmeal or hydrocortisone shampoo.
- Vacuum carpets, rugs, and bedding often; wash bedding frequently in hot water.
- Temporarily soothe the itch with a hydrocortisone spray or pad.
- Give Omega-3 fatty acids daily to help support healthy skin, joints, and immune system.
Always involve your veterinarian in all stages of your pet's allergy care. Allergies can progress over time, and seasonal allergies can become year-round. Work with your veterinarian to develop a regimen that maximizes your pet's enjoyment of every season!