Summer Allergies

Our PugetPets staff and Seattle dog walkers have loved the spring and welcome the coming summer months. Warmer weather and our gorgeous outdoor surroundings make for pleasant walks with the dogs. But, the environment, especially plants, can turn a fun romp into a nightmare, in just one word: allergies.

Our pets are just as likely to have allergies as we humans. They can be from food sources or environmental. We’ll discuss briefly the environmental causes since we are talking about spring and summer.

Environmental allergens that can affect your dog (or cat) can include pollen and mold spores, dust, grass, tobacco, flea bites and mildew. In Seattle where we have plants growing year-round, plants can be an ongoing problem for some dogs. But it is the spring through fall that more dogs have allergic reactions to plants, and also other sources, as they are outdoors more often.

At PugetPets, we will know from our clients beforehand if their dog or cat has allergies. Our dog walkers will have information on those pets and know what to avoid outdoors, or they can report if Rover gets into something while on a walk that is going to trigger an allergic reaction.

A dog can get allergic reactions at any time during his lifetime. These breeds are particularly susceptible: Terriers, Setters, Retrievers, Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. If your pet has not had allergies but suddenly starts to exhibit any of these signs, a visit with your vet is a good idea to check for allergies.

Symptoms can include excessive scratching, biting or rubbing his skin against something, or licking or chewing at his skin or feet. Itching around the flanks, feet, groin and armpits. Rubbing her face into the carpet. Skin may have patches that become thick and greasy, or raw. These can get infected, so have your pet checked out.

Here are some links to more detailed information on summertime allergies as well as food allergies and environmental allergies in general that can be year-round.