The owner of Chip from Brooklyn, New York, is lucky. His friend belongs to hypoallergenic dogs breed. But if your dog is scratching himself, sneezing or have a watery eyes, it is most likely the allergy.
Dogs tend to have more complex allergy symptoms than people do. While grass pollen may cause a person to sneeze and have watery eyes, a dog may develop itchy feet that cause him to bite and lick. While dogs can develop watery eyes and sneezing, the most obvious allergy symptom is scratching. Continuous scratching may lead to loss of hair, open sores, and raised welts. It creates uncomfortable "hot spots" on the skin which can become infected. If you see symptoms solely during certain times of the year, chances are your dog has a seasonal pollen allergy. Why does it happen? Your dog's overreactive immune system is attempting to rid itself of something it inaccurately considers dangerous.
To prevent severe allergy problems, veterinarians recommended the antihistamine to help relieve symptoms. If the medication doesn't help, the dog might be given shots that may help pet develop a resistance to pollen.
Often the dog's allergies can be prevented if you can keep his or her paws clean and dry. Most paws attract pollen that accumulates and give adverse health effects.
Another way to help your dog is to install artificial grass. Synthetic turf eliminates grass pollen and helps to keep dog's paws dry and tidy under any weather conditions. Artificial turf doesn't fade under the sun, does not get burnt from dog's urine, and can reduce pollen exposure to dogs with allergic reactions.