Spring is the season of new beginnings and fresh starts. The cold, dreary winter weather gives way to warmer temperatures, budding flowers, and greenery. While the change of seasons brings joy to most of us, it can be a challenging time for our furry friends. Pets can experience seasonal allergies just like their human counterparts. In this blog, we will explore the common causes of spring allergies in pets, how to recognise the signs, and what to do if your pet is suffering.

The Causes of Spring Allergies in Pets

Spring allergies in pets are typically caused by environmental factors such as pollen, dust mites, and grass. When our pets inhale these allergens, their immune systems respond by releasing histamines, causing irritation and inflammation. Outdoor allergies are more common in dogs than cats, and certain breeds such as Terriers, Retrievers, and Bulldogs are more susceptible to allergies than others.

Signs of Spring Allergies in Pets

Signs of spring allergies in pets can vary from mild to severe.
Common signs include:

Excessive itching, licking, and scratching
Swollen, red, and watery eyes
Sneezing and nasal discharge
Hives or rashes on the skin
Ear infections
Respiratory issues such as coughing and wheezing

If your pet is experiencing any of these signs, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian to determine if allergies are the underlying cause.

Treating Spring Allergies in Pets

There are several ways to treat spring allergies in pets, depending on the severity of the signs. Your veterinarian may recommend the following:

Antihistamines: These medications are used to block the production of histamines, reducing the signs of allergies.
Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids can be used to reduce inflammation and relieve itching, but they should only be used under the guidance of a veterinarian due to potential side effects.
Immunotherapy: This involves giving your pet small doses of the allergen over time, gradually building up their immunity to it.
Avoiding Allergens: If your pet is allergic to pollen, keeping them indoors during peak pollen times and wiping them down with a damp cloth after being outside can help reduce signs.

Preventative Measures for Spring Allergies in Pets

Regular grooming is more crucial during the spring months when shedding tends to peak. Not only does this help to keep their coats healthy and shiny, it can also get rid of allergy-triggers like excess fur and pollen. In addition, try to keep their bedding clean and allergen-free by washing it regularly.

While it’s impossible to completely avoid allergens, there are steps you can take to limit your pet’s exposure. For instance, try to mow your lawn frequently to reduce the amount of grass pollens that can aggravate your pet’s allergies. When taking your dog for a walk, aim for early morning or late afternoon hours, as pollen counts tend to be lower during these times. Avoid areas with a high density of allergy-inducing plants, like fields and parks.

During the high pollen months, consider letting your dog play indoors, so they can still get the exercise they need without the risk of allergies. Also, bathing your dog with hypoallergenic shampoo can help soothe inflamed skin and provide them some relief.
And lastly, don’t forget about year-round flea and tick prevention. Products like NexGard®, Simparica®, Bravecto®, Seresto® collar, and K9 Advantix™ II can help keep your pet protected, reducing one less thing for them (and you) to worry about.


Spring allergies can be a frustrating experience for our furry friends, but with the right treatment and preventative measures, they can get back to enjoying the season. If you suspect your pet is suffering from spring allergies, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the underlying cause and develop a treatment plan. With a little bit of extra care and attention, we can help our pets navigate the challenges of spring allergies and continue to enjoy all the season has to offer.

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