When dogs react to pollen, it is quite different to hay fever in humans. We rarely see sneezing dogs with watering, itchy eyes. Instead, dogs tend to get itchy skin, particularly under their stomach and their paws. This may be due to a contact allergy, when something brushes against their skin or due to pollens in the environment.
It is often difficult to avoid seasonal allergies completely. Working to manage the condition and reduce the discomfort to your dog is often the goal. If you are unsure what is causing your dog to itch, it can be trial and error and you will need to work alongside your vet. Here are a few tips.
With seasonal allergies it can be difficult to find the exact cause and often many factors can be involved. A high-quality diet can play a role, however.
If you are unsure what your dog is reacting to it would be good to do an elimination trial to rule our diet as a possible cause for the itching.
Even if your dog does not have a food allergy or intolerance, when fed a high-quality diet we can work to get their skin barrier in better condition. Omega fatty acids are important for the skin. Salmon oil is a great in ingredient for this, so look for diets with fish or those containing salmon oil.
Overfeeding or feeding a poor-quality diet can cause itchy skin or aggravate pre-existing conditions as it can cause your dog to be in a state of inflammation. The amount of food a dog needs may vary throughout the seasons of the year. For example, if your dog spends a lot of time outside in the winter maybe swimming in colder water, they burn a lot more calories than in summer months. So during the summer you may need to cut their food back.
If you need any further advice into your dog’s diet, especially if they have itchy skin please do not hesitate to contact out nutrition team on Live Chat.