Dog Allergy Treatments. Cut Your Grass Short & Avoid Fields.

If you have a large yard or live in a rural area, the grass in your area may be contributing to your dog’s allergies.  If your dog has allergies, be sure to mow your lawn regularly to ensure that grasses are kept short and not allowed to go to seed.  Grass seeds are the cause of many allergy cases.

Since you can’t control how others maintain their grass, it’s best to steer clear of open fields if you suspect your dog has allergies. Of course, this isn’t realistic for many dogs – particularly working and hunting breeds.

If your dog has allergies, but can’t avoid running through long grass, you’ll need to be extra vigilant about wiping down their paws and providing frequent baths to cut down on the allergens that cling to their skin.

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.