As temperatures begin to warm, seasonal allergies flare up in people and their dogs. Unfortunately, Texas is one of the worst areas for dog allergies. There are many types of allergens that commonly affect dogs, including many different trees, grasses, pollens, environmental molds, microscopic dust mites, and insects - including the infamous flea - to name a few. Some pets are allergic to allergens that are present year round.
Symptoms of Dog Allergies
Signs of dog allergies mimic that of many other skin conditions and can include scratching, redness, darkening skin, itching, chewing, rubbing and rolling around. If not addressed in a timely manner, many pets will scratch themselves raw and can get secondary bacterial or fungal infections - which only makes them itchier and often causes the cost of treatment to increase.
Try giving your dog Benadryl at 1mg per pound of body weight every 8-12hrs. (Example: a 50-pound dog would get two 25mg Benadryl tablets). If using liquid or children's Benadryl, be sure to check that it does NOT contain xylitol, which is an artificial sweetener and is toxic to pets. Benadryl can help with minor issues and can take the edge off, but usually doesn’t fix major issues.
When to Call the Vet
Fortunately, we have moved beyond steroids, and there are great, safe medications that can help, like Apoquel and Cytopoint. There are also prescription diets that can help pets with skin issues. If Benadryl isn’t working well enough, please schedule an appointment sooner rather than later. Most owners describe the level of itching before and after Cytopoint as a night and day difference. One of my own dogs, Scout, has allergy issues and she is managed very well with a Cytopoint injection every 2-3 months.
Contact Us With Any Questions
Allergies are the worst. If your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms above, don't hesitate to contact us. Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or book an appointment at ReadiVet.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Based in Uptown Dallas, ReadiVet provides veterinary care in your home without charging more than a traditional clinic. After booking an appointment, ReadiVet will send one of its mobile veterinarians to you to provide wellness care like vaccines or sick care for your unwell pet.