The flowers are in bloom and the weather is getting warmer. Certainly our love for outdoor activities are growing by day. Spring also exposes us and our four-legged friends to flower and tree pollens, making us highly attractive with itchy eyes and runny noses.
You may have noticed how our dogs scratch and/or lick a little more since we have started to enjoy the colorful flowers and warmer weather. These may be signs of seasonal allergies in our companions. Dogs can certainly have mild to moderate tear-like discharge from the eyes but more commonly, they start to scratch their bodies or lick their paws.
Antihistamines, either over-the-counter or prescription, can help relieve signs of seasonal allergies. Some dogs may require more than antihistamines to have their allergy-related signs under control. Flea or mite infestation, bacterial skin infection, or fungal skin infection can cause similar signs. If you notice that your four-legged friend is experiencing severe itchiness, please contact your veterinarian for an evaluation.