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Just like humans, dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies. If you have a pup that’s often sneezing and scratching once the flowers are in bloom, don’t fret – there are a few ways to ease the itch this spring. And good news: the worst of it is nearly over!

Unlike humans, where spring allergies take place mostly in the respiratory tract, allergies in dogs usually manifest in the form of skin irritation or inflammation. If your dog is scratching, obsessively licking his legs and paws or rubbing his face, there’s a good chance he’s suffering from allergies. Here are a few tips to ease his discomfort:

A note: in this article, we are discussing seasonal allergies. If your dog seems to have allergies year round or is suffering from sores or hot spots, we recommend going to your Veterinarian, as long term allergies could be an indication of food intolerance.

  1. Spring cleaning. Keeping your indoor environment clean is one surefire way to keep your pup’s symptoms down (not to mention yours!). An air purifier may also help keep allergens at bay.
  2. On that note, bathe your pup. Your furry friend is tracking in pollen and dust every time he comes in from a walk, so it’s a good idea to also keep him as clean as you can; we recommend once or twice a week. Just make sure to use canine shampoo, preferably anti-itch (include link) which will alleviate some of the irritation.
  3. Try an antihistamine proven to be safe and effective for dogs. Having trouble giving your four-legged friend a pill? Here are a few tips.
  4. Lastly, visit a veterinary dermatologist. If your dog’s allergies are affecting his overall health and well-being, a trip to the dermatologist may be in order. They can help you take the next steps in relieving some of Fido’s itchiness!

Photo by Brooke Jacobs.