Dog Allergies

Dog pollen allergy: Best Treatment And Prevention

dog pollen allergy
Written by Walter Perez

Dog pollen allergy can be triggered by Highly allergic pollen grass like Bermuda grass, Johnson grass, Redtop, Sweet Vernal, and Timothy grass.

Pollen is the element that fertilizes the flowering plants. It’s a fine powder that is released from tree weeds and grasses year-round, though mainly in the spring.

Can dogs have allergies to pollen

Yes, dogs do get pollen allergies. Pollen grains may cause seasonal allergies if inhaled by dogs.

Breeds that are better suited to indoors are often more likely to be hypoallergenic.

Outdoor dogs, or breeds that spend a lot of time outside, often pick up molds, pollen, and other allergens that can trigger allergic reactions.

How do I know if my dog is allergic to pollen?

If you notice that your dog shows allergy symptoms in the spring, chances are he is allergic to pollen.

Most allergic pollen comes from plants like ragweed that grows in open fields, and over which you have little control.

dog pollen allergy symptoms

If your fur friend is showing some of these symptoms, chances are your dog suffers from dog pollen allergy or environmental allergy.

  • Itchy skin.
  • Ear infections.
  • Swollen Paws And Foot Licking.
  • Skin infections.
  • Dark, Red Skin.
  • Hair loss.
  • Hot spots due to excessive licking.

dog pollen allergies treatment

Most dogs with atopic dermatitis are allergic to grasses and pollens, among other allergens.

There are some easy, and medication-free steps you can take to minimize your dog’s pollen allergy symptoms.

Frequent Bathing  

If you suspect that your dog suffers from pollen allergies, you should put him on a regular bathing schedule.

Bathing not only soothes the irritated skin of your dog, it also removes pollen and dirt particles that are irritating.

Hypoallergenic Shampoo

Dogs with skin allergies are sensitive to the dyes and deodorants added to traditional dog shampoos.

Luckily, Numerous hypoallergenic dog shampoos are available.

Most include natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut, oatmeal, aloe vera, eucalyptus, and other essential oils.

Oatmeal Baths

Many dog owners use regular baths of oatmeal to soothe the itchy skin on their dog.

Several hypoallergenic shampoos include oatmeal as a preventive ingredient for irritation.

Oats contain polysaccharides which leave a protective film on the skin to prevent itching and dryness.

How To Prevent Dog Pollen Allergy

The first thing you should do is to rid your yard of any pollen-producing plants. 

Since pollen is carried long distances, often many miles, it does little good to remove pollen-producing plants from your yard. 

There’s little you can do to control your dog’s pollen allergy unless you plan to remove all pollen-producing plants, weeds, grasses, and trees within your thirty-mile radius (or more on windy days!). 

There are, however, some steps you can take to minimize the exposure of your dog to pollen.

Stay Indoors

When pollution levels are at their highest, it is advised that you keep your dog indoors and use air conditioning instead of opening the windows.

Wipe Off your feet and shoes

Pollen can also get stuck in shoes and paws. Your family should wipe off their feet and/or take off their shoes when they come in from outside.

All of your family pets should have their feet wiped when coming indoors with a damp cloth — even those without allergies.

These steps will minimize the amount of pollen getting into your home.

Pollen count around the United States

A pollen count measures the number of pollen grains for a given geographical area in a cubic meter.

The higher the numbers of pollens get, the greater your dog’s allergic reaction.

These counts tend to be at their highest on dry, warm days.

Many weather channels and websites show an actual pollen count.

For a current pollen count around the United States, you can visit the website www.pollen.com.

About the author

Walter Perez

My name is Walter, and I'm a huge dog lover, I have made this blog to share my experience and help dog owners make better decisions in term of improving the quality of their pet's life. I have shared my life with pets since childhood, and I currently own a golden retriever named Bailey.

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