It seems not even your pet is immune to the pollen and airborne mold plaguing many U.S. regions this year. Veterinarians are reporting an increase in allergy cases in dogs this summer. The first tip off for owners may be an extra smelly pet.
"A lot of dogs smell bad when they have an allergic skin disease, their ears are infected their skin is infected …” says Doctor Laura Nelson, a vet in Indiana.
For dog, just like for humans the problem is inhalation.
“It's really hard to avoid the pollen, the trees, the grasses, the house dust mites…” she says. “It's not that the dogs are rolling in it it's that they are breathing it."
Allergy experts generally recommend toweling down your pet when they come in from outside. This will not only help the dog, but will also prevent pollen allergens from spreading around the home.
Cleaning indoor air with a HEPA air filter for allergies will also provide some relief from airborne pollen, dust, mold and mites. HEPA filters remove 99.97% of airborne allergens.
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