It's officially Fall! The days are getting cooler and shorter, the leaves are starting to change colors, and pumpkin spiced everything is everywhere you turn. As we welcome the change in seasons those of us with pets who suffer from seasonal allergies know a change in season can also mean the onset of uncomfortable itching and skin infections for our four-legged family member. Fall doesn't have all the blooms and new growths of spring that irritate many, but what it does have is dying plants, wind, moisture, and cooler temperatures that stir up the irritants, causing discomfort to our pet. Mold spore are also released in Autumn and become more common in the air as decaying leaves and other vegetation fall to the ground. This worsens allergy symptoms because as mold particles counts climb higher they become increasingly irritating to those with allergies.
What are the signs my pet has seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies in pets can cause excessive itching, scratching, and grooming; rashes; sneezing; watery eyes; paw chewing; ear infections and skin inflammation. This condition is known as atopic dermatitis. If your pet does have allergies their skin will become very itchy and you will see them scratching excessively and possibly bite or chew at irritated areas to try and relieve themselves. Other signs include; areas of hair loss, open sores and scabbing. If the itchy persists this can cause your dog to develop hot spots.
How to treat hot spots?
If your dog does develop hot spots you can treat they infected area with our USDA Certified Organic Hot Spot Oil. This all-natural oil is made with organic golden jojoba oil and organic calendula petals. Treating hot spots naturally will prevent causing further irritation or stinging that can be caused by harsh chemicals or alcohol. Jojoba oil has many benefits to your pet’s skin, and healing hot spots is just one of them. Calendula is known among medical herbalists as nature’s miracle skin healer. It is used today among clinical herbalists and naturopathic physicians to treat eczema, boils, skin ulcers and pretty much every skin condition ever suffered. Apply our Hot Spot Oil directly to damaged area. Rub gently and massage in a calming manner to keep pet still and relaxed. Do not rinse. Apply 3-4 times a day until area begins to heal. Reduce usage as area improves. Some hot spots can result in fever and serious underlying skin problems, so if you see the wound growing rather than improving after a couple of days, it’s time to seek veterinary care.
What can I do to help my pet suffering from allergies?
When seasonal allergy triggers are in full bloom there are ways to help relieve your pet and help them cope with their allergy symptoms.
- For immediate relief give your pet a bath. A bath will wash away the allergens on your pet’s coat and skin. Be sure to use a shampoo that is free of artificial fragrances and other toxins, these will just further irritate your pet’s skin. For a natural alternative try our Hypo-Allergenic Unscented Shampoo and Conditioner which is perfectly formulated for sensitive skin. Made with organic calendula and organic aloe it helps relieve itching and soothe dry skin.
- Foot Soaks. This is a great way to reduce the amount of allergens your pet brings back into your home. Make sure to wash off or soak your pet’s foot in water every time they come back in from playing outside - It's actually a good idea to give the whole body a quick wipe down. Our individually wrapped Pura Wipes are the perfect solution for quick clean ups!
- Clean, clean, clean. The cleaner your home the less allergens there will be to irritate your pet. Be sure to vacuum and clean floors, as well as your pet’s bedding and your pet’s stuffed toys frequently with a simple non-toxic cleaning agent. Household cleaners containing harsh chemicals could worsen your pet’s symptoms.
When to contact Vet?
As soon as you suspect your dog may have allergies you should contact your vet immediately to rule out any other possible infections. Your Veterinary can perform allergy testing on your pet to identify specific allergy triggers. Once you know what the specific culprit is you can minimize your pet’s exposure to it, which will reduce your pet’s symptoms. And, if your pet’s allergies are more severe your Veterinarian can discuss other options to help relieve your pet’s symptoms.