Hay fever, properly called allergic rhinitis, affects 30% of all people worldwide. Ironically, hay fever is not usually caused by hay and it does not cause fever either. This health condition is characterized by sneezing, nasal congestion, a clear runny nose, nose and eye itching and excess tear production in the eyes. There are various ways to treat and prevent hay fever but can lead to other diseases such as sinusitis and asthma if left untreated.
Sadly, humans are not the only ones affected by this condition. Your four-legged fur ball can get hay fever as well. Symptoms of hay fever in dogs are usually similar to that of humans but dog also shows unique canine symptoms. According to vetinfo.com, an estimated of 10% of American pet dogs are affected by hay fever each year. With this statistic, it is important for every dog owner to know what these symptoms are so that necessary measures can be done to address the problem and prevent it from getting worse.
Symptoms of hay fever:
- Rash that breaks out on the dog’s face and feet
- Hair over the eyes and on his feet may begin to thin due to scratching or chewing
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
How to treat hay fever in dogs?
There are many ways to treat a dog affected with hay fever. More often, vets will administer oral or topical medications as well as treatment to address other symptoms such as watery eyes and runny nose.
To ease the itching, you can use face and paw wipes on your dog, bath him in cool water using shampoos and soaps intended for allergies and soaking his feet in a bath of Epsom salt and water. For JRTs with long hair, clipping his coat also helps.
How to prevent hay fever?
Hay fever may not be life-threatening and curable but prevention is always better than cure. One way to prevent your dog from getting it is to keep him indoors on days when pollen counts are high. You can also run the air conditioner overnight to filter pollen out of your home environment.