Pets at Home Dr Karen Heskin explains the main symptoms and treatments for hay fever in dogs. This weekend is predicted to be high pollen count by the Met Office.
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Spring officially has sprung, and with warmer weather, pollen starts to flow from grasses, trees, and flowers.
According to the Met OfficeThe pollen count will be high in the UK over the bank holiday weekend. This will not only affect people but also their pets.
Although it might seem odd, hay fever can be caused by dogs. They experience exactly the same symptoms and signs as us.
Dr Karen Heskin is Head of Pets at HomeThis article explains how to identify the most common symptoms of hay fever in your pet and the best treatment.
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What are the signs and symptoms of hay fever?
Dr. Heskin stated: “Dogs and cats get a lot of the same hay fever symptoms as humans, including frequent sneezing, red itchy eyes and a runny nose.
“But another very common symptom is skin irritation, which can cause your pet’s skin to appear red, sore or flaky and, in more severe cases, they can lose patches of fur.
“So, it’s important to watch out for any scratching, rubbing or nibbling of their paws, eyes, ears, mouth or other areas.
“It’s worth remembering that different kinds of pollen can trigger hay fever in your pet, so keeping a diary of their symptoms can help you identify the most probable cause.”
What’s the best way to treat hay fever in pets?
“Although there’s no cure for hay fever there are things you can do to help treat the symptoms and make your pet more comfortable,” Dr Heskin explained.
“It’s always best to speak to your vet to understand whether your pet’s symptoms are hay fever and the treatment that would suit them best.
“These include medicated creams, shampoos, and sprays for skin irritation, as well as ear-, eye, or nasal drops.
“In more serious cases, the vet may recommend other medications or injections to help with their discomfort.
“Remember that skin irritation can also result from other conditions such as allergies to house dust mites, fleas, or food your pet ate.
How can I lessen the effect of hay fever
Dr. Heskin stated: “While you can’t prevent hay fever entirely, there are steps you can take that can help decrease your pet’s exposure to pollen.
“Avoid being outdoors during pollen count peak, which is generally around midday in the months from late March to September.
“It’s best to go for walks early in the morning or late at night instead, when the pollen count is lower – the Met Office shares the latest pollen count on its website.
“You can help remove pollen by wiping your pet’s feet and fur after they go outside.
“It’s also important to keep up to date with their flea and worm treatments. It’s worth setting a monthly reminder on your phone or consider a subscription service to get flea treatments delivered directly to your door.”
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