How to Deal with Fall Pet AllergiesIt’s that time of year again. Not only are you suffering from annoying seasonal allergies but your pets might be too! Did you know around 10% of dogs develop environmental allergies and the number of cases increases every year? We love our pets and know you do too, so don’t let your precious pups and furry felines suffer in silence!

Common Pet Allergy Symptoms

Most pets that develop allergies tend to be affected in their face, ears, and paws, so be sure to check out these areas. While every case is different, some common symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nasal and/or eye discharge
  • Change in fur color
  • Fur loss
  • Excessive scratching and/or licking 
  • Chewing of body parts

Susceptible Dog Breeds

We believe all breeds are beautiful, but your cute beagle or playful retriever may be more prone to allergies because of its breed. When a susceptible dog is frequently exposed to environmental factors like poor air quality and unhealthy chemicals during their time as a puppy, they are more likely to exhibit symptoms of allergies when they get older. The most at-risk dog breeds include:

  • Boxers
  • Bulldogs
  • Beagles
  • Dalmations
  • Irish Settlers
  • Retrievers
  • Shepherds
  • Terriers

Top Tips to Fight Pet Allergies

1. Bathe Pets Regularly

Regularly bathing your pets with a hypoallergenic shampoo is a great way to combat their allergies. According to experts, you should aim to bathe your pet every 2-3 weeks. We know bathing your pets can sometimes be a difficult process, but the hard work is worth it to keep your pet healthy and thriving. Plus, it’s always a bonus to cuddle up next to your freshly cleaned pet!

2. Get Your Carpet and Upholstery Cleaned

Getting your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned is one of the best methods to remove dirt and allergens from your home. At San Juan County Chem-Dry, we use an advanced, eco-friendly carpet cleaning process to give you a deeper, longer-lasting clean. With a good carpet cleaning, you not only get a healthier pet but a cleaner house too!

3. Wipe Down Paws

Although it’s nearly impossible to get your pet to wear those adorable little dog boots and paw protectors, you should get in the habit of wiping down your pet’s paws after they have been outside. For a more pampered and perhaps more effective method, soak your pet’s paws at the end of the day. Their paws are constantly exposed to irritants when they’re outside, so soaking or wiping their paws can help eliminate allergens from coming indoors. 

4. Keep Doors and Windows Closed

As plants wither in the fall, particles of allergens like ragweed and sagebrush can easily enter your home. Stop allergens from creeping inside by closing your doors, windows, and shutting any other indoor-to-outdoor access points.

5. Healthy Supplements and Diet

Just like humans, animals can benefit from taking supplements and eating a healthy diet. Experts say that omega-3 or biotin supplements may decrease your pet’s itching and improve their health. 

5. Prescribed Allergy Treatment

If your pet is still having allergy issues, take them to the vet so they can get tested and treated. One type of pet allergy treatment is an injection that you administer to your pet every few days and then gradually wean them off of it. The second type is called Sublingual Immunotherapy under the Tongue (SLIT) where you just squeeze a pump of medication into your pet’s mouth.

*Before you make any changes in your pet’s diet or allergy treatment, consult your veterinarian.*

We hope these tips make this fall allergy season bearable for your pet and you! Make your pet’s life more enjoyable by treating their allergies–we know we couldn’t survive our seasonal allergies without a warm cup of tea and a clean, cozy carpet!