Dogs, like humans, can develop a number of allergies to different things in their lives. One common allergy is an allergy to grass. If your dog has a grass allergy, she is allergic to the pollen in the grass, not the grass blades themselves. A dog with a grass allergy will have irritated skin and be itchy. You may notice your dog scratches at her ears or paws or rubs his face on the ground, if an allergy is present. If your dog has an allergy to grass, there are some things you can do at home to help her find relief.
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Keep your dog indoors whenever possible. One of the simplest ways to provide your dog relief from a grass allergy is to limit his contact to the allergen. This is especially true when the lawn is being mowed or pollen counts are high. Your dog’s allergy will be exasperated during these times.
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Keep the lawn mowed short. The longer the grass the more pollens your dog is likely to encounter.
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Utilize air filters in your home to help reduce airborne grass allergens from entering your home. This will provide your dog relief from the allergens when he is inside the home.
Bathe your dog in cool water. The water will have a cooling effect when her skin is especially irritated. If you take your dog for a walk and you see that she is scratching a lot when you get home, a bath will provide some instant relief. Use an itch-relief pet shampoo. This will also help to reduce discomfort. Be sure to thoroughly rinse your dog after washing. Leaving soap residue on her skin can further irritate her causing more itching.
Provide your dog with an antihistamine when necessary. Benadryl is a common over-the-counter antihistamine that is safe for dogs. For specific dosing for your pet, contact your vet. The antihistamine will help relieve itching.
Give the dog fatty acids. Look for pet-safe supplements available at your local pet store or at a holistic veterinarian’s office. You want to offer a supplement that contains omega-3 fatty acids which are usually made from fish oils. It may take up to several months for improvements to be seen from the supplements. Speak to your vet about the benefits for your dog’s specific situation and recommended dosing.
Provide your pet with an oral medications prescribed by your vet. Do not discontinue use, even if improvement is seen, without talking to your pet’s vet first. Your vet may prescribe antibiotics or steroids to treat the allergy.