The 7 Most Common Seasonal Allergies in Dogs (And How to Treat or Prevent Them)
Spring is in the air, and while we all love the warming weather, there’s one downside that affects many people and dogs: seasonal allergies. You may not realize it, but dogs experience seasonal allergies just like people do. And seasonal allergies can really make your dog miserable.
Fortunately, there are ways to treat and even help prevent seasonal allergies in your dog. But before we talk about treatments, let’s start by talking about what causes seasonal allergies in dogs and what sort of symptoms they can lead to.
Seasonal Allergies Can Be a Big Problem for Your Dog
We tend to think of allergies as no big deal—it’s just a little sneezing or runny nose, right? Well, sometimes allergies can be more problematic than we realize for dogs.
Part of the problem is that since they can’t tell us how they’re feeling, dogs can go on suffering for days or even weeks at a time before we realize something is the matter. And when their symptoms go untreated for that long, all the scratching and biting can make those problems significantly worse.
That’s why it pays to be aware of these common seasonal allergy symptoms in dogs. After all, you can’t treat your dog’s seasonal allergies until you’re aware of the problem in the first place.
Scratching, Biting, or Licking
These behaviors are typically intended to help alleviate itchy skin. Unfortunately, they often make the problem worse—which can lead to…
Skin Irritation, Hives, or Hot Spots
Compared to humans, dogs are more likely to absorb allergens through the skin. That’s why some of the most common seasonal allergy symptoms in dogs involve itchiness and irritation.
Rubbing Their Face
If your dog starts rubbing their face against things, it could be a sign that their face is itchy and they’re trying to scratch it. It’s another form of itchy skin that shows up in a slightly different behavior.
Paw Licking or “Boot Scooting”
Dogs’ bodies have a tendency to push histamines to their extremities, which can cause itchiness in their paws or rear ends—leading to activities like paw licking or boot-scooting to try and relieve it.
Your dog could start sneezing, coughing, or wheezing due to their seasonal allergies.
Ear Itchiness or Infections
Allergens can cause inflammation in your dog’s ears, which can lead to their ears becoming irritated, red, and even infected.
Hair Loss or Shedding
Shedding is a common reaction to pollen allergies, and can be made worse by scratching or biting.
Most Common Seasonal Allergies in Dogs
We’re almost ready to talk about how to treat your dog’s seasonal allergies. But first, it’s helpful to know what might be causing them. If your dog is experiencing any of the symptoms described above, there’s a good chance it’s being caused by one of these common seasonal allergens.
Ragweed and Other Weed Pollens
Ragweed may just be the single most common seasonal allergen in all of North America for humans—and yes, it can cause allergic symptoms in your dog, too. Ragweed pollination can start as early as July and tends to peak in mid-September, after many of the earlier springtime pollens have gone.
Tree pollen is another common cause of seasonal allergies, which are typically worst in the spring. Depending on where you live, your dog’s allergies might be triggered by…
If you’re ever unsure about what tree(s) your dog might be allergic to, start by figuring out what type of trees you have in your backyard. One way to do this is by downloading a free app to help identify your trees based on the appearance of their leaves. Then, look up those tree types to see if their pollen is considered an allergen—and what types of symptoms it causes.
Being allergic to grass is a little less common, but it does happen. If you notice that your dog’s symptoms get worse after playing outside in the grass, that might be the clue you need to diagnose your dog’s grass allergies. Just keep in mind that other pollens (like those from trees and weeds) can also land on the grass, so it’s not always obvious which pollen types your dog is reacting to.
Mold & Mildew
Does your dog get sick or have a reaction after a heavy rain or after spending time in a musty basement? If so, they might be having an allergic reaction to mold & mildew. In addition, there are some types of fungi that sprout during the rainy season—and your dog can also be allergic to the spores of these fungi.
Just like humans, dogs can also be allergic to dust mites, which are tiny little critters that are drawn to dead skin cells. Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely avoid dust mites, since your dog’s skin is naturally shedding to a degree at all times. But keeping your dog and their environment clean—by giving them baths and cleaning the surface where they sleep—can help to minimize their contact with dust mites.
Yes, believe it or not, dogs can be allergic to flea saliva. It seems cruel, doesn’t it? The fact that your dog can suffer both from fleas (which are bad enough on their own) and from a flea saliva allergy? This can also lead to worse allergy symptoms during flea season, which often overlaps with seasonal allergies in the spring to summer months. So if you notice that your dog gets extra-itchy anytime they have fleas, it could be the case that they’re suffering from fleas and flea allergies.
Treat Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergies with WINPRO Allergy
It can be hard to watch your dog suffer from seasonal allergies. But with the help of WINPRO Allergy, you don’t have to!
WINPRO Allergy is the only effective allergy treatment for dogs on the market that contains blood plasma. That plasma works by traveling through your dog’s circulatory system to deliver healing antibodies to inflamed areas of the body, reducing allergy symptoms like itchy skin. And unlike most allergy treatments, it works both to relieve symptoms AND to help prevent them from coming back in the future.
In addition to blood plasma, WINPRO Allergy also contains these proven allergen-fighting ingredients:
Pineapple stem to promote healing and calm inflammation
Nettle root extract to minimize pain and soothe irritation
Plant-based quercetin to act as a natural, side-effect-free antihistamine
This 100% natural & safe product is tested under strict USDA & FDA regulations to guarantee you’re giving your dog the safest, healthiest treat we can create.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The core ingredient in WINPRO products is plasma, a natural component of blood that’s responsible for delivering nutrients, hormones, and proteins (including antibodies) to the parts of the body that need it most.
Plasma has been used for decades to help people suffering from burns, shock, trauma, and other medical conditions, and through our formula, it’s now available in a convenient soft chew for dogs suffering from allergies, stiff joints, gut issues, and more.
When we say “plasma powered” we are referring to our unique formulas that are primarily made with blood plasma and other natural ingredients that provide anti-inflammatory and other health benefits.
Unlike traditional pet supplements which pass through the gut (and are typically designed to provide some type of nutritional benefit), our plasma-based formulas work on a biological level, traveling through the circulatory system to deliver targeted relief to the areas of the body that need it most.
Because WINPRO products are made with 100% natural ingredients (including plasma, which is a naturally occurring substance in your dog’s blood), there’s nothing to worry about. All of our products are safe and will not cause adverse reactions (even if you up the dosage during times of heavy exercise, training, or when immunity is compromised).
All WINPRO products are approved by the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) which operates under the auspices of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). We are also promoted by many vets including Dr. Judy Morgan but we encourage you to consult with your vet if you have any concerns.
No, there are no soy ingredients in our products
For dogs over 20 pounds, we recommend two chews per day in the morning; for dogs under 20 pounds, we recommend one chew per day in the morning.