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What are Winter Season Allergies?

Winter season allergies can affect dog’s skin, coat, and his breathing. These allergens that occur in the wintertime are usually airborne, which causes the symptoms of sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. Within the home, dust mites and mold, even in very small quantities, are the triggers for these particular symptoms.  With winter allergies, a dog skin and coat are also affected since the dog is indoors more often and is having more contact with items within the home. 

It is always a good decision to keep your dog warm in the winter time, and many dog owners choose to keep their dog indoors, except for taking quick walks and going to the bathroom. However, being inside the home may expose the dog to drier air and a build-up of mold and other allergens within heating systems and humidifiers.

Many dog owners that witness their loved ones suffer from airborne allergies in the winter months find that regular cleaning of the filter in the furnace, keeping the humidity under 40% within the home, and making sure the humidifier is cleaned on a regular basis make a big difference. They also find that regular vacuuming of the home keeps the dust mites at bay.

Winter season allergies in dogs are a result of allergens within the dog’s environment, which is usually within the home. Winter season allergies are very treatable under a veterinarian’s care.

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Symptoms of Winter Season Allergies in Dogs

Winter season allergies have similar symptoms to other seasonal allergies. The symptoms begin when the cold weather begins, and may include: 

  • Coughing
  • Dark under-eye pigmentation
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes with a discharge, usually clear
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Itchy skin
  • Dry, irritated skin that may be red in color
  • Excessive scratching and licking of skin and feet

Types

Winter season allergies in dogs are usually caused by the environment of the indoors, as many dogs are inside more often during the winter months. Types of allergens dogs may be affected by include:

  • Dust mites
  • Dry air with low humidity
  • Mold
  • Contact allergies, such as with carpeting

Causes of Winter Season Allergies in Dogs

Winter season allergies in dogs are caused by environmental triggers that commonly occur in the winter months. Specific causes of cold weather allergies include:

  • An overactive immune system 
  • The immune system fighting a particular allergen, thus causing a reaction
  • Specific allergens that are related to cold-weather
  • Specific allergens within the home during the winter months

Diagnosis of Winter Season Allergies in Dogs

If you see any of the above symptoms in your dog during the season of winter, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will assess his symptoms and discuss with you the subject of winter allergies and what can cause them. The veterinarian will look for dandruff within your dog’s fur, take a very close look at his coat, and also check to see how much your dog is shedding. Looking closely at these symptoms may determine if your veterinarian feels that your dog has an underlying health condition. Your veterinarian may also take a skin test just to be sure his irritated skin is not related to another ailment.

Your medical professional will also ask questions pertaining to his symptoms, when they began, the severity of them, how long they last, and any other questions that will help him make a definitive diagnosis. He will then do a physical evaluation of your loved one, which will include looking in his ears for any signs of infection, and perform any tests which he feels are necessary. More than likely, your veterinarian will be able to determine that your dog is suffering from winter allergies. Fortunately, winter allergies in dogs are quite treatable for the few months out of the year that have an effect on him.

Treatment of Winter Season Allergies in Dogs

The medical professional will offer several means of treatment for your companion. With winter allergies, they are seasonal, so any treatment the dog is given will be for a few months out of the year. Treatment options may include:

Shampoo

Your veterinarian may suggest a calming shampoo for your dog. Regular bathing with shampoo specialized for skin allergies may help your dog find relief from winter allergies. He may also suggest that you avoid bathing the dog too often, so the skin does not dry out; however, he may be able to recommend a moisturizing, hypoallergenic cleanser.

Medications

There are medications on the market that can help your dog with his winter allergies. Antihistamines, corticosteroids, and topical creams on a prescription level are formulated to work against the allergens that affect your dog. These medications are typically for temporary use; they are commonly used just a few months out of the year.

Desensitization Therapy

Desensitization therapy may be an option for winter allergies if your dog has a great deal of discomfort. Immunosuppressants or allergy shots may help the dog build up immunity to the offending agent. These medications work by injecting a very small amount of the allergen into the dog, thus allowing the dog’s system to become more familiar with whatever allergen that bothers him.

Recovery of Winter Season Allergies in Dogs

With winter season allergies, your dog should be able to effectively recover with the help of your veterinarian. Once you apply a regimen of treatment to your companion, he will begin to feel better. This may take some time; however, to adjust the actual medications and possibly the lifestyle of your dog in terms of trying to rid some of the allergens from his environment.

Once you are more familiar with allergies, you will be more aware of what to look for in terms of symptoms. If your dog develops any new symptoms, simply consult with your veterinarian to see what else can be done in terms of treatment. Fortunately, winter allergies in dogs only last for a few months, and once the springtime comes around many of the cold weather allergens will dissipate.

Winter Season Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

eli
Jack Russell Terrier
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bumps

I have a jack russell and when it is cold he has these bumps that come up over his back, they arent itchy or sore and when you warm him up they go down. Not sure if I should be worried or not.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2507 Recommendations
Sounds like goosebumps to me; but seriously, I’m not quite sure what is happening but I don’t think it is something to be worried about but you should bring it up with your Veterinarian at the next checkup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Draven
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bumps all over body dandruff itchy

Within the span of a few days my dog has gone from having a few bumps on her left side to beim covered all over and down her legs. I started her on an anti-fungal, bacterial and microbial shampoo. But since Ive had her shes been on grain free food and mixing raw goats milk here and there. Im wondering if its due to the extreme cold we have that is causing this. Ive also started her in benadryl. She doesn't seem to be in pain or in discomfort. Please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Draven could be suffering from an infection, a parasite, an allergy, or a fungal infection. Without seeing her, I'm unable to say what could be going on with her skin. Since it seems to be spreading so quickly, it would be best if you had her seen by her veterinarian - they'll be able to to figure out what is happening, and get her treatment for it. I hope that she recovers soon!

How much does that usually cost?

Also, since Ive had her Ive given her salmon oil in her food and coconut oil. Since this has started Ive up the coconut oil in her food and pour in a cap full of apple cider vinegar

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Moxie
bearded collie mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shedding, mild rash

I am in rural Alaska. My 1 1/2 year old dog is super hairy with a very, very soft undercoat and then longer wiry hair on top (think bearded collie mix). A few days ago I noticed her undercoat started shedding. It is like tufts of cotton surfacing. Odd for December and did not happen last year. Tonight we noticed a red bumpy rash that looks like folliculitis on her tummy. She is not around strange dogs, we do not have fleas here, no changes in our house and the vet will not be out here for weeks. She is as perky as always and seems completely fine other than the odd undercoat shedding. We leave town in a week for 10 days and I hate to stick our house sitter with a sick dog. Any idea what we should do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us. Ideally, she would see a veterinarian, as she may be developing a skin infection that needs antibiotics. If there is a vet near you that offers telemedicine, and can facetime with you or have you send pictures, that might be an option. If that isn't an option, Benadryl is a safe antihistamine used in dogs at 1 mg/pound, so for a 50 pound dog they would get a 50 mg tablet. Without seeing her, it is difficult for me to say what might be happening, but if it is an allergy, that might help. You can also keep the area clean with antibacterial soap and monitor it to see if it is getting worse. If you can contact a veterinarian in your area that would be much better, and they may be able to help you more than I can, as they most likely talk to owners of pets that they cant physically examine frequently, and pictures can be very helpful.

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Ziggy
pit bull terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red patches
Losing small patches of fur
Small patches of fur coming out
Dry cracked patches

Why is my dog losing small cracked patches of fur? He also has red scabby patches on his back legs and stomach his skin seems really dry. I have been giving him wild salmon oil for a month. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many times, dry skin is attributable to allergies, parasites, nutritional deficiency, hormonal conditions among other causes; I would start with bathing Ziggy regularly with a sensitive shampoo, ensuring he receives a high quality dog food and receives regular flea treatment. If the this skin problem is new, consider looking for any changes in your home which may have caused a reaction to occur (new carpet, furniture, change of detergent) so that you can consider changing back. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Chihuahua
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

My dog is 2 years old and I have had him almost a year. After bathing him he has become itchy and pink skin flairs up from time to time. He has a natural odor that many people think he needs a bath. I don't believe in frequently bathing. Maybe 3 baths in a year. We live in Florida and keep him on flea meds. What is the best way to stop his itching? Also he has runny eyes.
Thanks for any advice you have.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Determining the cause of the itching is be best course of action which may be due to food allergies, environmental allergies, parasites, hormonal conditions among other causes. You should try bathing him again with a sensitive allergy shampoo and see if that makes any difference, also try feeding a restricted ingredient diet for a week or two to see if there is any change; Benadryl at 1mg/lb (up to three times per day) may help control allergies, but determining and eliminating an underlying cause is best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rylee
Golden Doodle
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

itchy, runny nose, paw licking
Very itchy,

Medication Used

Claritin
Claritin, Benadryl, zyrtec

My dog is constantly itchy. I’ve taken her to the vet and she gave me medicated shampoo to put on her 3 times a week for ten minutes. She also said to give her Claritin, Benadryl or Zyrtec. I’ve given her Benadryl and Claritin and neither of them have helped.. i don’t know what else to do. Her itchy ness is worse in the winter. Would a humidifier or purifier help her? Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2507 Recommendations
If the cause of the allergy is an environmental allergen, then an air purifier may help but as soon as she goes outside she will be subjected to the allergen; the most important step would be to try and identify the allergen through allergy testing with your Veterinarian. Speak with your Veterinarian about products like Temaril-P which may help reduce the itching, link to product below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/temaril-p.aspx

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