Hay fever in dogs: treat pollen allergy

When hay fever is diagnosed in dogs, it is important to treat pollen allergy. After all, the four-legged friends suffer greatly from the symptoms in spring and summer. Read how to proceed with your vet here. "Hash me, I'm spring!": This Icelandic dog has no problems with hay fever - Shutterstock / Mikkel Bigandt

Some dogs plague pollen and grasses. They show allergic reactions on the skin and mucous membranes. It is therefore all the more important to treat pollen allergy and to find out from the vet about suitable medication or treatment methods.

Hay fever in dogs: what the vet does

The veterinarian will first examine whether the dog actually has hay fever. If the results are clear, he will talk to you about possible treatment. As with humans, antihistamines or cortisone drugs that reduce the immune system can be administered.
However, since only the symptoms and not the causes of the pollen allergy can be treated with such remedies and side effects can also occur, you should also ask for possible alternatives when visiting the vet. One possibility would be hyposensitization, in which an attempt is made to minimize the physical reaction to the allergens over a period of approximately one year.

Natural remedies and alternative medicine

There are food supplements that can make hay fever in dogs more bearable for him. Some veterinarians recommend adding essential fatty acids to the feed. They improve the skin's natural protective film, which makes pollen less able to penetrate the pores. There are remedies from homeopathy that are supposed to help treat pollen allergy. The homeopathic remedies, the so-called globules, contain substances that are said to have a strengthening effect on both the nasal mucosa and the conjunctiva.

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How to support your dog yourself

In addition, some general measures help to relieve the symptoms of your fur nose. Keep the fur short in the spring so that less pollen can get caught in it and wash it regularly. Wash the dog blanket and the dog basket regularly and ventilate the apartment, especially when there is less pollen and grass flying around. You can look up the total pollen concentration in the air on the Internet under the keyword "pollen count". Otherwise, the pollen concentration in the city is particularly low in the morning and in the country in the evening - this is a good time to ventilate.