Like humans, our canine companions can experience pesky seasonal allergies as well. While we understand why we’re feeling stuffy and dazed, our beloved pups have no clue why they’re feeling so under the weather. Keep your dog with seasonal allergies as comfortable as possible during these unavoidable periods with some of these helpful and relaxing home remedies.
Time for an Oatmeal Bath!
Itchy skin is one of the most common symptoms for a dog with seasonal allergies, and all that scratching can be annoying for everyone involved. Oatmeal is a great remedy for skin irritations, whether you’re a human or a canine counterpart. Grind the oatmeal into a fine powder in a food processor, or purchase baby oatmeal cereal at the store. Stir the ground oats into warm bath water, and bring your pooch in for a relaxing and soothing oatmeal bath. It can provide immediate relief for pups with skin allergies, skin infections and any seasonal allergies that cause itchy or irritable skin.
Give Your Pup a Dose of Vitamin E
Seasonal allergies, or simply the change in seasons, can cause your dog’s skin to become dry and consequently quite itchy. If your pup enjoys bath time, you can try adding vitamin E to the water before you put them in the tub. If bath time isn’t your dog’s favorite pastime, give them a massage instead, using the vitamin E like massage oil that you rub into their fur and directly onto their skin. If you’d rather skip the spa day and just give your dog an oral dose of vitamin E, check with your veterinarian to make sure you give your pup the proper dose.
Anytime’s a Good Time for a Tea Party
What does a tea party have to do with your dog with seasonal allergies? Well, it turns out that another well-known human remedy, chamomile tea, is also a good remedy for minor skin irritations, such as the kind your pooch experiences during allergy season. Leave the teacups where they are, though. A chamomile tea remedy for your pup’s skin issues is best provided with a spray bottle. Just chill the tea in the fridge for a time, and spray it onto the affected areas of your dog’s skin. If their allergies are also irritating their eyes, you can place the warm tea bag over their eyes to help soothe them.
Caring for Your Dog With Seasonal Allergies
While these tips are great for keeping your pup comfortable during their bouts of minor allergy symptoms, nothing equates to the professional care and advice your vet can provide. If your pup seems more uncomfortable than usual or doesn’t respond well to these types of home remedies, it’s time for a visit to the vet. Some pets’ allergies require a stronger treatment that only your vet can prescribe, and you don’t want them to be in discomfort any longer than they have to.
Keep your dog with seasonal allergies in mind when it’s time to relocate as well. If possible, move in between allergy seasons so your pup doesn’t have to be exposed to the allergens any more than he has to. No matter what time of the year you are moving, though, the expert pet movers at Pet Van Lines are here to help. Our professionals are trained in many different aspects of pet health, so we understand how to accommodate your dog’s specific needs. Contact us today if a move is in your near future.