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Fall season allergies in dogs can wreak havoc on their systems. These allergies often occur seasonally after the summer months when various plants begin to release allergens into the air. Dogs that suffer from allergies in the fall usually have reactions to plants such as sagebrush, pigweed, goldenrod, lamb’s quarters, curly dock, and other offending plants and pollen that they release.
Ragweed and mold are also popular triggers of fall season allergies in dogs. Environmental allergies and food allergies are more so year round, but allergies that are exclusive only to the fall season are usually due to the same factors, which are mostly pollen, mold, and perhaps even dust mites. These inhalant allergies are not only breathed in by the dog, but also settle within the fur and skin of the dog, causing skin reactions. However, if you reside in an area that does not freeze in the winter, the allergies build up and can cause year-long suffering.
Fall season allergies in dogs occur when dogs react to specific allergens, usually environmental, that are exclusive to the fall season. Fall season allergies only occur for a few months out of the year.
Oftentimes, dog owners attribute just a few symptoms to allergies, such as sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. Dogs, however, show allergic reactions in different ways. Symptoms of fall season allergies in dogs include:
Fall season allergies in dogs are usually caused by the seasonal plants releasing pollen into the air. Other types of fall season allergies include:
With allergy sufferers, an over-reactive immune system is the culprit to specific allergens. Specific causes of fall season allergies in dogs are:
When the fall season occurs, if you see new and unusual symptoms in your dog, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Once you take your dog to the veterinarian, he will assess his clinical signs. More than likely, a complete physical examination is where he will begin. The veterinarian will also ask you several questions about your dog’s recent behavior, as he will want to gather information about your dog’s specific symptoms, the severity of them, when the signs of allergy began, how long they lasted, and where his symptoms seem to worsen (indoors versus outdoors).
If your dog is showing signs of a skin irritation, your veterinarian will take a very close look at his skin. The medical professional may choose to do a skin test to further examine what could be causing the inflammation. This may be optional however, especially if your dog began to show symptoms at the break of fall. Upon examining his skin and other symptoms, and after hearing the information you have to give him, the veterinarian may diagnose your dog with seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies are not uncommon in dogs, and there are many treatment options to help your dog feel well again.
The veterinarian will offer a variety of treatment options for you to choose from. He may want to start slowly and see what works for your companion and then build up any medication if needed. Treatment options include:
Allergy medications for specific symptoms may be recommended by your veterinarian. Since your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies, they may be only temporary just to get him through the fall season. There are medications on the market that are formulated to control itching, such as antihistamines and mild steroids.
The veterinarian may recommend that you shampoo your dog regularly with special shampoo created just for allergic skin. Regular bathing with special shampoo will allow your dog’s skin to calm down and be less irritated.
For dogs with more serious fall season allergies, there are therapies that are stronger available on the market. Immunosuppressants or desensitization therapy with injections may help the dog’s system build up immunity to the fall allergens.
If your dog has fall season allergies, it may be challenging at first to see what works to help your dog feel better. Once you become more knowledgeable about what your dog is specifically allergic to, you will find the treatment that works best for him. You also be more familiar with the signs of allergies, so when any new symptoms begin, you will know when to call your veterinarian for assistance or an adjustment in medication.
Your veterinarian will give you suggestions on anything else you can do to help your dog get through the fall season without suffering. It is important to watch for other symptoms that can be related to other allergies, such as additional seasonal allergies that may affect him.
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my 2 year old female border collie lab mix Oreo has sneezing, one red eye with a little discharge, some increased itchiness of her skin, no loss of appetite, plays with owner and other dogs, sleeps well, eats well, drinks plenty of water, and has had no potty issues. We’ve been outside at a dog park more often and with the season change I was thinking it could be allergies. Seems fine otherwise.
Sept. 26, 2020
Dr. Michele K. DVM
Thank you for your question. From your description, it is possible that your dog does have seasonal allergies, yes. Benadryl is typically a safe over-the-counter antihistamine for allergies, but it does not work for all dogs and it will not help if there's something going on besides allergies. The safe dose for dogs is 1 mg per pound, so a 50 lb dog would get 50 mgs. That does not help, and she is still showing signs, then it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as she may need stronger medication, or there may be other things going on. I hope that everything goes well for her and she feels better soon.
Sept. 26, 2020
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my 2 year old male pug Max has a runny nose and one red eye with a little discharge, no lost of appetite, plays with owner and other dogs, sleeps well, drinks plenty of water. Seems fine could it be allergies
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