Fall’s falling leaves, moisture, and windy weather means it’s time to deal with fall allergies. Your dog is just as susceptible to allergies as you are, and all that sniffing he’s bound to do puts him especially at risk. Sneezing, coughing, red eyes, and itchy skin are all possible side effects. Whether it’s the mold that grows under damp piles of leaves or decaying plant matter swept up by the wind, there’s a number of things your dog could be allergic to. They could end up spending fall itchy and miserable, but there are a few things you can do to help your dog fight fall allergies.
# 1 – Keep Up With Cleaning
Allergen particulates float in the air unnoticed, and when they’re in your home, they’ll settle in your carpets, blankets, and your dog’s favorite pillows. You won’t be able to see them, but your dog’s itchy skin will be more than enough proof. You can help him out by washing all the doggy and human bedding once a week. Vacuum on a regular basis and dump the vacuum bag or canister in an area where your dog won’t immediately sniff up the contents.
# 2 – Make Baths a Priority
A clean house won’t last long with a dirty dog. Regular bath time will keep your floors and furniture clean longer, but you’ll be more concerned with how it’ll help your dog. Water and doggy shampoo will remove irritating allergens trapped in fur, and it’ll also kill bacteria and yeast that cause serious skin conditions. It’s important to remember, however, that bathing your dog too often can dry out their skin. Some breeds should be bathed once a week while others only once a month. Ask your veterinarian for their suggestion.
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