15 Dog Owners Share Secrets to Beating Spring Dog Allergies

15 Tips For Spring Allergies In Dogs

Ah… spring. A time of budding flowers, chirping songbirds and allergies. When your dog starts that itchy scratching cycle, do everything you can to calm his irritation.

We recently asked our 4 million followers on Facebook to share their top tips for managing dog allergies in the spring. Here are some of the best responses we’ve received:

I prefer Cytopoint injections at the vet over Apoquel. A natural doctor told me that any treatment at the skin level is safer than ingestion. They are expensive but really help with my goldendoodle’s allergies. – Linda

Cytopunt and Apoquel. My boy has so many allergies that he can’t get most of the treats because they contain wheat, lentils, chickpeas and yeast. I watch what he eats, wash hands and feet if he comes in from outside, limit outside exposure, let him lie outside on a cot (allergy to grass). he wears clothes to limit scratching. Constantly checking for hotspots. Keep antibiotics handy for flair-ups and drops for ear infections, and saline to rinse the eyes. – Amber

Our fluffy English Mastiff started to get very itchy in the summer. He would get hot spots and itchy ears. Going grain-free helped his ears, but he still scratched so much that Nic lost her fur. The vet would give him Apoquel, which I tried to avoid as long-term use may have been linked to cancer. Switched him to Chewy’s brand of grain free salmon and sweet potato food and he’s been great for the past few years. And his coat is beautiful. His ears prick up every now and then when he eats grain as a treat. Zymox kills inflammation right away. – Linda

Our vet prescribed apoquel. After a few months, our Chihuahua started having problems with his ears, including wax build-up. He often shook his head. Have taken him back to the vet several times. The treatments provided temporary relief. I looked up side effects for epoquel on the manufacturer’s website. Earwax buildup and ear problems were listed as possible problems. We stopped the epoquel. The wax buildup and ear problems stopped. We give him a low dose of Benadryl for allergies.

We have a good vet but he should have been aware of the wax buildup and other ear problems associated with epoquel. – John

I have a pack of baby wipes by the front door and use them every time he’s been outside. He chews on his feet in the spring to the point that they tear open. If I miss it and he gets to that point, rubbing alcohol and polysporine will do. – Cory

Do not overtrain or give medication. In 50 years as a pet owner and through trial and error, the ones we had more trouble with were allergies, the ones we preoccupied with like continuous baths or cuts and treating every sniff or symptom with every vet prescribed drop, cream or pill or special shampoo. We have a small bowl of yogurt ready every week and if it is dusty or immediately after mowing a drop of water down. – candi

Be careful with Apoquel. My white American bulldog was diagnosed with cancer last year and had surgery. The first thing the vet told me was to stop taking Apoquel. Said if the dog has cancer, it can accelerate. Fortunately, Cytopoint had worked for him. – Erin

After years of keeping food diaries and monitoring the elimination process, we discovered that it was not food allergies, but the environment. I’ve found a quick rinse in the sink with just water to remove dust and pollen, resulting in a happy, healthy dog. I shampoo once a week and also wash pets’ beds weekly in fragrance- and dye-free laundry soap. – Kathy

My Dachshund is allergic to grass in the summer, and having two inches of legs means his stomach is most affected and he scratches until he bleeds. I have literally tried everything and have found that the Apoquel is the only thing that works for him. I only keep it there during the bad months. – Donna

Allergies are predicted to be very bad this year. Benadryl can help, but it only helps few dogs and you need a lot of it depending on the size of the dog. Zyrtec is safe and can be given (check with your vet to confirm this is an option best for your pup and dosage). Apoquel and cytopoint also work great. Environmental allergies are tuff to be aware of. However, the main reason why dogs have full-blown allergic skin reactions is because of flea bites. Using a good flea/tick product all year round is very important. I’ve seen this many times. One flea bite can cause a dog’s skin to flare and lead to a skin infection. – Emily

We were dealing with such severe seasonal allergies in our old lab that it started turning into steroid injections. Which we weren’t a fan of so we started washing her feet and tummy every time she came in, we used Reactine once in a blue moon (prescribed by the vet) and LOCAL honey, the local honey worked wonders as it was made from bees pollinating the local flowers that caused her allergies. Just mix the honey with a little cream cheese/peanut butter/mix with blueberries or strawberries, put it in a Kong and freeze, the dogs love it – April

Local honey! It has changed my dogs’ lives! – Rachelle

Brewer’s yeast sprinkled on their food is what my vet suggested, and it worked beautifully. My Ubu has suffered terribly. That stuff worked for her. – Deborah

My Golden had a grass allergy and we always rinsed 4 bags of green tea and 4 tablespoons of dried mint or a handful of fresh mint. Steep in boiling water, and when cool, add to a bucket of lukewarm water and pour onto dog, paying attention to stomach and armpits…hot spots. Do not rinse, let dry naturally. OK for this allergy, because it’s a spring and summer thing. – Carol

If you’re looking for the natural route, there’s nothing more potent than Quercetin, also known as “Nature’s Benadryl.” Quercetin fights inflammation caused by allergies. The supplement below contains it, as well as Omega-3 fish oil, which is also a great allergy fighter – iHeartDogs Team

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Thank you to our community for submitting these answers. Remember, ALWAYS speak to your dog’s vet before making any changes, they know your pup best!

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