Springfield Veterinarian Offers Tips For Preventing Seasonal Allergies To Dogs


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Allergies in dogs are just as common as allergies in humans. During the transition months of fall and spring, allergies can worsen.

Check your furry friend for fleas around their back and stomach. They are more common in the fall. Look for signs of flea bites and irritation.

Bathing your dog in oatmeal soap and using a flea comb will help clean them up. Put them on a flea control product, which will kill any extra fleas jumping on your dog.

When bathing your dog, do not use personal shampoo, baby shampoo, or dish soap. These contain harsh chemicals that can further irritate your dog’s skin.

Dr Phillip Brown, veterinarian at the Animal Care Center in Springfield, said, “Keep your pet under flea protection year round. “

Use a cone if necessary to avoid biting. If a dog bites or licks excessively, its skin can become infected.

Grass and leaves are another culprit of fall allergies. Rolling in the ground can irritate your dog.

“You can try Benadryl, and it’s an over-the-counter product,” Dr. Brown said.

Administer 1 milligram per pound to your dog. You can give one to three doses of Benadryl per day. Dr Brown cautions that this is not a guaranteed solution.

If you are concerned about your dog’s allergies, you can get him tested. The veterinary clinic will test your dog for reactions to different irritants, or even take a blood sample. This will help target the specific allergy and provide tailor-made treatments.

Prescription allergy treatments, like Apoquel, are effective in relieving allergies. They can be expensive. A 30-day supply will set you back almost $ 90.

If your dog suffers from allergies year round, Dr. Brown said your dog may be allergic to things inside the house. These can be carpet cleaners, deodorants, shampoos or sprays. Take turns eliminating these products to determine which one your dog is allergic to.

Do not change your dog’s food systematically, this can cause him to develop sensitivities.

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