Caring For A Dog With Allergies

Did you know that our canine buddies can develop allergies to a wide variety of substances, and at any point in their lives? Allergic reactions are just as unpleasant for dogs as they are for us. However, Fido can’t pick himself up an OTC remedy, and he can’t control what’s in his environment. An Aurora, CO vet offers some advice on caring for a pup with allergies in this article.


Vacuuming and dusting regularly can go a long way towards removing allergens from your home. Do a quick pass on high-traffic areas and Fido’s favorite spots every day, followed up by a more thorough cleaning about once a week. We also recommend getting a good air purifier. Remember to change the filter out regularly! You’ll also want to wash your pup’s bedding regularly. Use an unscented detergent and hot water.

Pollen Counts

Many pups are allergic to pollen and leaves. If your pooch is one of them, you may want to download an app that will help you track pollen counts. When levels are high, limit your furry pal’s outdoor time.

Good Grooming

You may need to give your canine companion more frequent baths. However, this isn’t an across-the-board recommendation, so check with your vet first. No matter how often Fido needs baths, be sure to only use a hypoallergenic shampoo. (Oatmeal shampoos may work well.)


Keep Fido in mind when choosing new products for your home. You may want to opt for floor instead of carpet, and leather furniture instead of something with fabric upholstery.

Wipe Downs

Keep a washcloth and squirt bottle near the door you bring your furry friend in and out of. Before you take him in after one of his walks, quickly wipe Fido’s paws and belly down. This can remove dust and pollen from his fur and paws. (Bonus: he’ll also track less dirt inside.)

Veterinary Care

If your pooch is showing symptoms of allergies, you’ll need to have him tested, so you can determine exactly what he is reacting to. Once the culprit has been identified, your vet can go over specific treatment options and home care. Medication may help. However, you should never give your canine pal any medication without clearing it with your vet.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Aurora, CO animal clinic, anytime!

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