What Can I Give My Dog For Allergies?

Spring is incoming, and just like a lot of us get seasonal allergies, so can our dogs.  Unlike humans, dogs spend most of their time out and the wild, and thus will almost certainly encounter whatever they have allergies to, especially in this season of growth.  As long as you keep an eye on your pet for any symptoms of allergies, you and your pup should make it past the seasonal allergies with very little hardship!

Dog AllergiesOne of the most glaringly obvious symptoms is an itchy dog.  Chew, chew, chew, chew, and scratch.  If your dog just can’t stop, a safe and easy solution is Benadryl, which is perfectly safe to give to dogs in the proper dosage.  Give your dog 1mg per pound up to a max of 50mg, every 8-12 hours.  Your dog may get a little sleepy as the secondary effects are similar to humans,  but they should get some relief from their itching and allergy symptoms.  Some other signs you may see are hot spotting (red inflammation), swelling, or licking.  If your dog gets any of these signs excessively and recurringly, it is time to take them to the vet for some real medications.  Although most allergies in dogs are not severe, so you should see symptoms go away in a few days.  Allergy season for dogs is pretty much the same as it is for humans, and they are allergic to many of the same things.  If you can figure out what is causing the reaction, the best thing to do is remove it from their environment, but it can be hard or near impossible to determine the specific causes of a reaction…and sometimes equally as impossible to remove it from their environment.  If your dog has seasonal allergies, it is also important to keep them clean and well washed, as this will help your dog deal with the allergen that is causing them to have a reaction.  Allergy season can be rough, but you and your dog can pull through with a little extra attention to detail and care for the symptoms!