Symptoms of a pollen allergy in dogs

While people constantly blow their noses, a pollen allergy in dogs usually shows completely different symptoms. There are many signs of an allergy, which makes diagnosis difficult. Here you will find important information so that you can correctly interpret the signs and recognize a possible pollen allergy. Fortunately, this white German shepherd does not seem to have a pollen allergy - Shutterstock / anetapics

Pollen allergy is no longer uncommon in dogs. In spring, more and more four-legged friends are sensitive to the pollen from grass, cereals or other plants flying around. You can only find out whether your dog has an infection or hay fever if you know the typical symptoms.

Pollen allergy in dogs: skin reactions

People often suffer from a dripping nose with hay fever - dogs show a change in the skin with a pollen allergy. The most common symptom is severe itching. The pollen penetrates through the fur into the pores of the skin and causes the allergic reactions there. If your four-legged friend scratches or bites the fur intensely and almost aggressively and looks very hectic and tense, this indicates a pollen allergy.

If, as a pet owner, you do not react to this dog behavior, rashes or bleeding can develop. The face and paws are mostly affected first. The skin becomes thinner and more susceptible to infection. In dogs with long hair, the diagnosis is usually very difficult because the rashes are hidden under the thick fur coat. It is therefore advisable to search the fur thoroughly if there is more scratching and, if necessary, to consult a veterinarian.

Pollen allergy in dogs: when dogs have hay fever

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Other symptoms of hay fever in dogs

But dogs also suffer from respiratory problems if they have a pollen allergy. Symptoms such as wheezing and breathing problems appear because the allergic immune reaction causes the mucous membranes to swell. In the case of such complaints in particular, you should immediately consult a veterinarian - in extreme cases, shortness of breath is a life-threatening condition.

The typical human symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes also occur in dogs, even if they are less common. If your protégé's eyes are red in the spring and there is an increasing amount of slimy crusting at the corners of the eyes, this may also indicate a pollen allergy, which you should seek medical advice.