If you, like many Americans, suffer from spring allergies, this time of year is usually when the sniffling and itchy eyes begins. Dealing with allergy symptoms can be so frustrating, but did you know that spring allergies can plague your pup, too? Here are some signs and symptoms that you might notice in your golden that could mean that he or she is suffering from spring allergies.
According to Cesar’s Way, because of their sensitive skin, golden retrievers may be more susceptible than some other breeds of developing seasonal allergies. During the spring, there are more irritants in the air that could harm your pup if he’s allergic, including pollen from grass, trees, weeds and flowers as the plants all burst into bloom with the rising temperatures.
So how can you tell if your pup is having a reaction? The first symptom you should watch for in your golden is scratching. According to Totally Goldens, while scratching is normal to a certain extent, if areas your pup is scratching repeatedly appears red or scabbed over, it could be a sign that your pup is suffering from allergies. Keep in mind that if your pup is itchy in a spot he can’t scratch, he may try to lick, bite or chew the skin that’s plaguing him.
You may also notice runny eyes that your pup tries to itch or rub with their paws, an itchy back or tail, or symptoms of an ear infection. If your pup is sneezing, vomiting or snoring more than what might seem normal, it could be another symptom of seasonal allergies.
If you suspect that your pup may be suffering from seasonal allergies, make an appointment with your vet. They’ll be able to determine if it is indeed an allergic reaction and can prescribe medication to manage the symptoms, if necessary. They can also try to help you figure out what your pup is reacting to, as a certain type of shampoos or dog foods could also be at fault and finding that out could help you change your buying habits.
Whether or not you already have a brood of goldens at home, it’s impossible to resist the charm of these puppies? The European and white golden retrievers here at Southern Charm Goldens are just waiting for you to pick them up and take them to their forever home! Call us today at 662-456-6054 to learn more about our currently available and upcoming puppies.