Dog Allergy Causes. Pollen, Grass & Trees.

Dog in GrassPollen is the fertilizing element of flowering plants.  It is a fine powder which is released year round, although mainly in spring, from trees weeds and grasses.  This powder rides currents of air, with the goal to fertilize other plants.  This fertilization goal is not always achieved by each pollen grain.  Unfortunately, for the allergy sufferers of the world, many of these grains are inhaled by humans or pets and are the cause for seasonal allergies.

If you find that your dog shows allergy symptoms in the spring, chances are they are allergic to pollen. Your first instinct may be to rid your yard of any pollen-producing plants.  Don’t waste your time.  Since pollen is carried long distances, often many miles, it does little good to remove pollen-producing plants from your yard.  In fact, most allergic pollens come from plants like ragweed, which grows in open fields, and of which you have little control over.

Grasses and trees can also produce allergen-causing pollens.  The grass species that produce highly allergic pollens are Bermuda grass, Johnson grass, Kentucky bluegrass, Orchard grass, Redtop grass, Sweet vernal grass and Timothy grass.  Trees that produce allergic pollens are Ash, Box Elder, Elm, Hickory, Mountain Cedar, Oak, and Pecan. 

Unless you plan to remove all pollen producing plants, weeds, grasses and trees in your 30-mile radius (or more on windy days!), there is little you can do to control pollen.  However, there are some steps you can take to minimize your dog’s exposure to pollen. We’ll discuss this later when we review dog allergy treatments.

5 thoughts on “Dog Allergy Causes. Pollen, Grass & Trees.

  1. my do is allergic to:
    red top grass
    sweet vernal grass
    brome grass
    oat pollen
    Johnson grass
    Bahia grass
    corn pollen

    What do you think the best antidotes would be??

    • Ron – have you talked with a vet dermatologist? It sounds like you did some testing. My recommendation would be to follow your vets advice. We found that allergy shots were the only solution as our dog also was allergic to numerous environmental allergens like grasses, pollen, molds, etc. Good luck!

  2. In our neighborhood in Western Australia, half the dogs and cats have bahia grass allergies for 6 months of the year (Sept to Feb – our spring & summer). Our jac russell’s vet has given her shots, but we also started her on omega 3 pills in her bowl every day and it helps. I’ve just now seen online that a mix of 1/4 organic raw apple vinegar mixed with 3/4 water, sprayed on her paws and tummy helps so I’ll track that down and try it as well. Good Luck!

  3. If my dog is allergic to corn pollen, should he avoid foods containing corn products? I have what appears to be evidence that perhaps he should, but I don’t want to jump to conclusions, yet. I just don’t want to make him miserable, unknowingly. What are your thoughts on this?

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