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Can Dogs Get Hay Fever?

If you have ever suffered from hay fever, you will understand how terrible it can make you feel. But, did you know, dogs can suffer too?

In this blog we find out more about hay fever in dogs and how it can affect them.

Hay fever is an allergic condition most commonly caused by allergies to pollen, dust and plant-based matter. According to Pets4Homes, as many as 10% of dogs in the UK are through to suffer from hay fever.

.Buddies Pet Insurance - Hay Fever in dogsDid you know that certain breeds are more prone to hay fever than others? The following breeds top the list of hay fever sufferers…

  • Cairn Terrier
  • Dalmatian
  • Irish Setter
  • Poodles
  • Schnauzers

While symptoms vary between dogs of different breeds and sizes, the following may be noticeable…

  • Itching
  • Repeatedly sneezing
  • Sore eyes
  • Rash on paws
  • General skin irritation

While there is no permanent cure for hay fever, there are ways to make it more bearable for your dog. Bathing and brushing your dogs’ fur after walks is a good way to prevent pollen clinging to the fur.

If your dog is suffering, you can visit your vet who may be able to prescribe an antihistamine.

You can also reduce your dog’s exposure to possible triggers at home by not bringing flowers into the home, and keeping your dog indoor for a period of time after cutting the lawn.

If your dog suffers from hay fever, and you have tips that may help others, we would love to hear from you. Join the conversation over on our Facebook page.

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