We are over halfway through summer and we don’t know about you, but this heat wave has us looking forward to the cooler days that Fall brings! As we make this transition, it is also time to start thinking about Fall allergy season – dogs, like people, can suffer from them. Here is some information to help you navigate allergies in your fur baby.
When dogs present with an allergy, their immune system is over-reacting to a substance. The reaction that we see is the dog trying to rid itself of the substance after it has come into contact with it. These substances can include pollen, mold, cleaning products, perfumes, cigarette smoke, and food. You may suspect your dog has an allergy if he constantly scratches at a specific spot on his body or if he seems generally itchy. Symptoms may also include coughing, sneezing, and discharge from the nose or eyes. In the case of a food allergy, you may notice vomiting or diarrhea. Social Pet staff will notify you as soon as we notice symptoms of a potential allergy, and we may recommend treatment from a veterinarian, particularly if your dog is boarding with us. This helps protect your pet’s health, as well as the health of the other dogs in our care. If you see your dog showing these symptoms and haven’t been able to figure out why, contact your vet. Diagnostic tests can be performed to determine the cause. The solution may be simpler than you think! Sometimes something as easy as switching to a new treat for your dog will fix the issue.
The best way to treat allergies is to try preventing them. Keep your home clean and dust-free and vacuum the carpets regularly. At Social Pet we have daily and weekly cleaning protocols that we follow for all surfaces in our facility, including the indoor and outdoor play areas, play equipment, boarding areas, kitchen, and front lobby. Weekly baths for your dog are another great way to remove allergens. The next time you are at Social Pet, ask us to bathe your pup before pickup. Your dog will come home smelling fresh and clean and you will be helping to keep allergens at bay. You can provide your own shampoo if your dog is on a special regimen, or we can use our own hypo-allergenic shampoo.
We are honored to be able to partner with you as you care for your pet!