Did you know that your pets can have allergies in the fall, just like humans? Veterinarians say that 10% of dogs have or will develop environmental allergies. That means there is a fair chance that your dog may suffer from fall allergies this season or the upcoming one. If your dog experiences coughing, sneezing, fur loss, nasal and eye discharge, excessive scratching or licking, or chewing of their body parts, it’s likely your dog has allergies.
Here are some steps that you can take at home to help your pet relieve their allergy symptoms!
Give Your Dog Regular Baths & Foot Soaks
Most allergens are found outside and your dog can carry these allergens into your home on their fur, where it will aggravate their symptoms until they are removed. To remove the allergens, regularly bathe your pet with a hypoallergenic shampoo. Specialists recommend bathing your pet every 2-3 weeks for best results without drying out their skin from overwashing.
To remove allergens in between baths, soak your pets’ feet at the end of the day or on days where they have been in contact with allergies, lawns, or other irritants. This will remove the allergens and prevent them from spreading it to their sleeping areas. If foot soaks seem tricky and messy, you can even a damp rag to wipe down your pets’ feet.
Get an Upholstery & Carpet Cleaning in Orange County
While bathing your dog helps with pet allergies, it can be difficult to remove all allergens before they enter your home. Once allergens are in your home, they tend to collect on the soft surfaces of your carpets and furniture. You’ll want to schedule a professional carpet cleaning in Orange County a few times a year to remove allergens that your vacuum cannot get rid of. Try to keep your pets off of your furniture as well to prevent them from leaving and picking up allergens from your furniture. If your pets do get on your furniture, or even if they don’t, it’s a good idea to get a professional upholstery cleaning in Orange County as well.
Close Your Doors & Windows
Some people think that airing out their homes will help with allergies in both humans and animals. However, leaving your doors and windows open allows for more allergens to enter your home from the outside. Make sure to keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible to prevent allergens from entering your clean home.
Ask Your Vet About Allergy Treatments
If your dog is suffering from severe allergies, talk to your vet. Some tests and treatments can identify and treat severe allergies in dogs. The vet will also be able to determine if there are more serious health issues at hand. Be sure to not medicate your dog or do other allergy treatments without speaking to your vet first!