We don’t mean necessarily on a bird! Dogs can be allergic to feathers in down comforters as well as pillows; so if your dog has allergy symptoms, don’t forget to check what’s surrounding them or what they’re sleeping on.
- Airborne Pollens
Hay fever can affect dogs too! Pollen from trees, flowers and grass can cause allergy symptoms like itchiness or inflamed skin. For affected areas, mainly look out for the ears, paws and skin.
- Mould Spores
Mould is a very common allergy in dogs and mainly causes skin irritation. You can reduce mould levels in the home by keeping an eye out for signs of growth. Adding dehumidifiers and spot cleaning are great to keep mould at bay.
- Animal and human dander
It is possible for your dog to be allergic to you! Reactions are typically itchy and inflamed skin, sneezing or runny noses. Vets can treat dander allergies with shots or oral drops, so if your pet is exhibiting symptoms speak to your vet for advice.
- Cigarette smoke
Second hand smoke from cigarettes along with residual toxins left on hands can cause your dog to suffer from an allergic reaction. Look out for your dog scratching or biting at itchy inflamed skin.
- Perfumes, detergents and cleaners
We may love to lather ourselves and our homes up in perfumes or other similar products like air fresheners, but our dogs can be sensitive to them.
The same goes for certain laundry detergents or fabric softeners. Make sure your dog’s bedding is washed separately and in a pet friendly detergent.
Powder based cleaning products or products that don’t specifically say they’re pet safe should be avoided where possible. The chemicals in the cleaning product can be dangerous to our pets if in contact with their skin or ingested.
- House and dust mites
Dust mites are tiny microscopic spiders that live on sofas, mattresses, soft furnishings, etc. It can cause dogs to suffer from a skin disease called atopic dermatitis, which is an inflammatory, chronic skin condition.