Can Dogs Get Hayfever?

Can Dogs Get Hayfever?

Barbara Mary Hanly

With spring in full bloom, many of us humans suffer from itchy eyes, runny noses and never-ending sneezes  - all the symptoms of horrid hay fever.

For those of us with furry friends in our home, you may wonder whether your furry friends can develop this annoying allergy and the simple answer is…yes! 

Affecting canines, felines and other animals in between, hayfever can be a pesky problem for our pets but can present as other problems so it’s always great to be on the lookout for symptoms. 

Dedicated to providing you with health and wellbeing tips to support your four-legged friend’s happiness, here is everything you need to know about canine hayfever this spring/summer season. 

Hayfever Symptoms in Dogs

Unlike humans, our pets suffer from hay fever symptoms much different to our runny noses and itchy eyes.

Affecting their skin and coat, you may notice your dog excessively itchy after being outdoors for a significant period of time. 

Symptoms may include:

  • Excessive itchy or biting of the skin
  • Sore red patches
  • Watery Eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Rubbing Face or Belly on Floor

It is really important to note that the symptoms above are also indicators of parasites such as fleas, ticks and even food intolerances so if your dog has been regularly fleed and isn't suffering tummy troubles too - symptoms highlight possible allergy to pollen. 

Which Dogs Are More Prone to Hay fever? 

Your dog’s genetic makeup, respiration and even coat type can make them more susceptible to getting hay fever. The following dogs have an increased risk of getting hayfever:

  • Dalmatians
  • Poodles
  • Irish Setter
  • Schnauzers

Like any problem with our pets, once you spot any type of symptom, we recommend seeking veterinary help to fully clarify what might be wrong with your little furry friend. 

How to treat Hay Fever in Dogs? 

Although you might be tempted to give your dog an antihistamine, it is highly recommended to seek guidance from your vet before giving your dog any medication. Your vet then may prescribe creams, ointments or even shampoos for your pet. 

For a more natural relief, honey has long been used as a treatment for hay fever. As hay fever is a result of over exposure to pollen, eating local bees that have pollinated local flowers can help alleviate symptoms.

Due to its high sugar content, feed your dog only a small fraction of honey during hay fever symptoms but this should help reduce itchiness and soreness of the skin. 

Top Tip! Only locally sourced honey will work. Visit your local farm shop or even seek help on social media where you should be able to source honey for you and your furry friend. 


Helping with Hay Fever

Keeping your eye on local pollen levels will also help reduce symptoms in your furry friend. If freshly cut grass is problematic, only allow your dog out to play a few days after this has occurred. . 

With flora and fauna all around us this spring, follow our guide to keeping your dog hay fever free this spring. 

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