At the top of the list of seasonal allergies for pets are pollens from grasses, trees, flowers and even weeds. Flea and tick bite populations tend to significantly rise in the warmer months, so allergies to bites from either of these can be more prevalent, whilst other common seasonal allergens include dust mites and mould/fungal spores.
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 like woodlands or meadows, 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 summer!