Is my dog allergic to grass?
Allergies aren't something that just humans get, you may be surprised to know that animals can be allergic to certain things too, or perhaps you’re not surprised? After all you may be reading this because your own dog is allergic to something, and if that something is grass, then you may find this helpful. We’re going to discuss what you can do if you find out your dog is allergic to grass.
It’s a shame to keep your dog indoors continually if you’ve found that letting your dog out into the garden brings him out in unpleasant and uncomfortable skin related reactions.
It’s not your dog’s fault and keeping him cooped up isn’t going to help, your dog will become frustrated and bored at not being able to go outside.
How does a dog show when it’s allergic to grass?
Although your dog won’t have a sneezing fit and get a runny nose his skin will show his reaction to the grass outside if he’s allergic to it. Canine allergies can also manifest themselves as ear infections, hair loss and sore open wounds on the skin. You may also see your dog constantly scratch, rub his/her face on the floor or furniture and chew their feet.
Your vet is the next step
Your vet will be able to give you a positive diagnosis as to whether it’s grass allergies by carrying out skin and blood tests, and also injecting certain allergens into your dog’s skin to determine what exactly he or she is allergic to. This is what’s known as intradermal testing.
All this is clearly unpleasant for your dog and naturally you’ll be looking for ways to alleviate his suffering. Once you know what it is, you can use shampoos and sprays, and this may offer some temporary relief. It is also possible to give your dog antihistamines, but make sure you only give what your vet prescribes rather than giving them your own!
You can also rinse their feet and keep the grass cut low and when the pollen count is high – keep your dog indoors.
As it’s difficult to control, it can lead to a miserable time for your dog, especially in summer when they should be able to run around and play, making the most of the dry sunny weather.
There is an Alternative – Artificial Grass For Dogs
Artificial grass for pets is one way of really helping your dog throughout the year as well as the summer when the pollen count is at its highest. He may not be able to run around on fields and meadows that often, but at least in the garden, he’ll be able to have as much fun as the rest of the family.
After an initial outlay, artificial grass for dogs will save you money in the long run. It won’t need anywhere near as much maintenance making the lawn mower or strimmer a thing of the past, so there’ll be no need for petrol/diesel. You’ll also find that you don’t need to use pesticides, herbicides and fungicides on your lawn and that in turn helps your dog.
All you need do is brush it occasionally and it also looks good all year round, no dry patches, no mud, just beautiful pure green grass, so if you want to help your dog and create a pollen free garden, then consider artificial grass for your dog will thank you for it.
Get in touch with us today if you're interested in finding out more about artificial grass for dogs to help your pet with its allergies.