Allergens surround us and our dogs all year round. Many people associate spring with allergies, however, many dogs (and people) struggle in autumn too. Weed pollen and mould spores are the main cause of allergies during the late summer and autumn months.
Mould spores are everywhere and at all times of the year. However, they reach their peak in the mild, wet autumn weather. The mould spores, which are the microscopic particles released into the atmosphere, cause allergic symptoms. Some symptoms of being allergic to mould (for us humans) are itchy eyes, asthma, eczema, and runny eyes and noses, while for our doggos it can present as irritated skin, itching, runny eyes, and a runny nose.
If your dog is allergic to mould, walking in the woodland through damp decomposing leaves is probably one of the worst things you can do together this autumn. If I’m honest though, it’s very difficult to avoid mould altogether because it thrives in damp, tepid conditions, like barns, heaps, sheds, and even at home. We had a mould problem at home and in the salon once and we had to get dehumidifiers that ran pretty much constantly. We eventually managed to get rid of the dampness.
Autumn weeds include common dock weed, ragweed, mugwort, nettles, sorrel, and plantain. Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the autumn season and its season runs from the end of August to November (or until the first frost). Though it usually releases pollen with cool nights and warm days in August, it can last into September and October.
Ragweed, pollen, mould, dust, and grasses can all cause itching, scratching, rubbing, watery eyes, runny noses, and ear infections in our four-legged friends. So how can we help them?
Regular baths with Skin Relief Shampoo can both rinse away allergens and soothe itchy skin. Keep the paws clean with these three options:
1// Wipe them every time your dog comes inside
2// Give them a quick wash with Skin Relief Shampoo
3// Try one of the paw rinses
By regular paw washing, you not only get rid of the allergens from your dog’s paws but it will also prevent allergens from being tracked around the house and cause more irritation.
Does your dog suffer from allergies this time of the year?