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I’ve dealt with hay fever for as long as I can remember.  When I was a kid, spring time came with swollen, watery eyes, uncontrollable sneezing, and hiding inside while I watched my friends play outside our living room window.  The only allergy medicine available made me drowsy.  It sucked.

This year I’ll be 42 year old and I just learned (thanks to my boyfriend’s research) that if you eat local honey (which is yummy), it’ll help you build an immunity to local pollen.  As you can imagine, honey is my bestest friend right now.

So when the Groundhog said that we’d have an early spring right before winter dumped a load on the east coast, I wasn’t worried.  Honey has got me covered.  Then the sun came out, the weather started getting warmer and yesterday I started sneezing.  Not big deal, right?  And then the unforeseeable happened…

Hayfever Symptoms in Dogs

  • Blue started getting eye goobers; more than normal.  He has itchy eyes and a runny nose.
  • Rodrigo started getting itchy; especially his ears, legs and paws.  He also has a runny nose and is sneezing.
  • Sydney experienced the return of the itchy redness in her armpits.

Our dogs have seasonal allergies.  I thought these weren’t supposed to start until April or May, but I guess I was wrong.  I’m going to call the veterinarian to confirm the symptoms and to see if I need to bring the dogs in for an exam.

Some Breeds are More Prone to Hayfever than Others

  • Boston Terriers
  • Cairn Terriers
  • Dalmatians
  • Irish Setters
  • Poodles
  • Schnauzers
  • Scottish Terriers
  • West Highland Terriers
  • Wired-Haired Terriers
Our dogs aren’t on this list so what gives?  I read that 10 percent of American dogs suffer from hayfever, what are the chances that I have three of them?  Lucky, I guess.  I wonder if the percentage is higher in the Pacific Northwest.  Another question for the vet.

This is How We Relieve Hayfever Symptoms in Dogs

  • Last night, Rodrigo got a bath.  Cool (not cold) water to cool his skin down.  I used one of our favorite shampoo, John Paul Pet Calm Moisture Shampoo or the Oatmeal.  He tried to hide from me, but then he was a happy dog after, because he felt so much better.
  • Sydney’s armpit rash were treated with Witch Hazel (to clean the area), Aloe Vera gel, and then baby powder to make it easier when the skin rubbed when she walked.
  • Everyone got a dosage of Benedryl, which helped alleviate any itchiness and cleared up Blue’s eye.
  • Rodrigo gets to have his paws rinsed off each evening to wash off any allergens that cause them to itch.  If this doesn’t alleviate the itching, we’ll do a paw soak in Epsom salt.  Directions: Dissolve a 1/2 cup of Epsom salt into a gallon of very warm; be sure to stir well to disolve the Epsom salt
  • We ran out of time to wash their bedding last night, but we’ll wash it tonight.  But we did wash the blankets covering the furniture in the house.
  • And we vacuumed the house with our Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner, which does a great job of cleaning any allergens in the air.

The next step is to call our veterinarian to see if we need to bring the dogs in (I believe I typed this already).  I’ll keep you updated on what she has to say.


Do you have a dog who suffers from hayfever?  Please share the symptoms and what you do to relieve the hayfever symptoms.

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