We normally associate pollen allergies with the warmer months, but plants, trees and grasses still produce pollen into autumn, with ragweed being particularly pesky from September through to November. A warm and cosy house can encourage fleas to emerge, so allergies to bites from these can be more prevalent, whilst other common seasonal allergens include mould, which thrives in wet and rotting leaves and dust mites.
Many of the key pet allergy symptoms can be skin-related with itchy, dry, red or inflamed skin, often highlighted by frequent scratching, licking or over-grooming. There can also be recurrent ear infections or inflammation, discharge from the eyes or nose and you may still occasionally get sneezing or coughing. Gut problems such as diarrhoea or vomiting could also be a potential allergic reaction.
Simple changes such as avoiding walking a dog in high-risk areas for plants such as ragweed, wiping a dog with a damp cloth after a walk and regular grooming can all help to manage seasonal allergies. Whilst topical treatments such as sprays, shampoos and wipes can help pets find relief and enjoy a happier, itch-free autumn and winter!