Signs Your Dog Has Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are as big a problem for dogs as they are for humans.  These allergies are generally to trees, grass, and pollen.  There is not really a way to keep your pet away from these allergens as they go out to potty, play, and roll in the grass.  Here are some indicators that your dog may have seasonal allergies:

If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, it is important to take him to your veterinarian.  The veterinarian will perform tests to see which allergens are bothering your dog and will recommend a course of treatment.  It is important that you do not give the dog an antihistamine designed for humans unless the veterinarian tells you to.  Many antihistamines are toxic to dogs or have wildly different dosages from humans. Doggy antihistamine doses are based on the dogs weight, so a Chihuahua gets a lot less than a Great Dane.    In addition, your dog may be put on a drug such as prednisone to reduce the inflammation of his skin and help him heal any skin problems he might have from scratching and biting his skin.