Put your hand up if your dog suffers from grass allergies! Put your OTHER hand up if you want to know how to treat your dogs grass allergies with natural remedies!
If there was a room full of people, I just KNOW that your hands would be up in the air right now, waving them around like you just didn’t care (for medicated and chemical remedies of course!).
To be clear, I understand that SOMETIMES you have no choice but to visit your vet so your dog can receive medical attention because their grass allergies are REALLY BAD, and that’s OK. We really only want what’s best for your fur babies, right?
So in reading this article on natural remedies, please know that if your dog is suffering and none of the natural remedies are helping, them please see your vet immediately for further testing and any necessary treatment.
It’s also really important to note that if your dogs grass allergies aren’t treated effectively, it can lead to secondary bacteria and yeasts infections as well as cause them to develop more allergies due to a weak immune system. So always stay on top of your dogs allergies and always consult your vet if you are unsure of anything.
That being said, let’s talk about your dogs grass allergy and how we can help keep them happy, healthy and itch free, naturally!
To start, let’s look at what a grass allergy actually is!
What is a grass allergy?
Surprise, surprise, it’s not actually the physical grass itself that is causing your dog to have an allergic reaction. It turns out grass, and other trees, plants and bushes, all release something into the air called pollen. So when your dog is reacting to grass, it’s reacting the grass pollen it’s inhaling.
If you’re thinking you’re safe because you have no grass in your garden or you never take your dog for walks near big grasslands, think again amigo. Grass pollen are light and powdery and travel easily through the breeze or wind making the outside world a possible hazard for dogs who have an allergic reaction to grass pollen.
Pollen season is generally in high season late Spring through to early Summer.
What causes my dog to react to grass pollens?
If your dog IS allergic to grass pollen, what generally happens in the allergic reaction is your dog inhales the grass pollen, their immune system kicks into place and releases histamines into your dogs skin leaving your dogs skin inflamed and irritated. OUCH.
If your dog’s skin is thin, weak and reactive, you’ll find that your dog can have an allergic reaction just by absorbing the pollen through their skin!
This only really happens IF your dog has what they call a genetic and defective skin barrier. It also means grass allergies are more common in certain breeds (only 10% of dogs are affected).
What dog breeds are more susceptible to grass allergies?
- Irish Setters
- Cocker Spaniels
- French bulldog
Most common symptoms of an allergic reaction to grass?
You will often find the main areas that symptoms show up for you dog are around the dog’s head, face, armpits, abdomen, and feet! Main symptoms being:
- Hotspots (from licking and chewing)
- Licking or gnawing their paws
- Hair loss
- Brown saliva stained feet (from licking)
- Increased pigmentation
- Thickening of the skin
- Head shaking, ear scratching, face rubbing caused from ear and eye infections
Some dogs may even show signs of an allergic reaction through sneezing and having red, irritated or weepy eyes.
It sure doesn’t sound like fun for your furry friends!!
So let’s get to the goodies and talk about ways of preventing grass allergies and ways to treat grass allergies!
How can I help prevent my dog from getting grass allergies?
- If you have a garden with grass, keep your grass short (long grass creates more pollen)
- Keep outside activities down to a minimum
- Every time you bring your dog in from outside, wipe down their legs and paws
- Keep in mind that while a heavy rainfall can improve the air quality, a light shower can actually worsen it.
- Brush your dog every day to keep their fur fresh and their skin healthy and stimulated
- Stay on top of their inner health by using products such as Immuboost to strengthen and protect their immune system.
How to naturally treat your dogs grass allergies!
You may or may not know this, but there are SO MANY foods and natural treatments that can really help reduce your dogs grass allergy symptoms! Below I have broken it down into foods and supplements and then natural treatments.
Foods and supplements to treat your dogs grass allergy:
- Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids will nourish your dogs skin barriers allowing the itchiness and any inflammation to ease (also a great preventative)
- Evening Primrose Oil can be put directly on the agitated skin and can be given to your dog orally. It’s great for reducing and preventing itchiness and inflammation.
- Coconut oil or pieces in your dog’s diet is great for keeping your dog’s skin healthy while also helping to reduce your dogs inflammatory and itchy response to pollen in the air. Try Soopa Coconut Chews!
- Bovine colostrum which is extracted from cow’s milk comes in a powder or capsule form and is an amazing natural remedy for suppressing, improving or even eliminating your dogs allergies. If you want to read more about colostrum click HERE.
- Quercetin which is found in foods such as green tea, broccoli, and apples is a natural remedy that has antioxidant, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. For more powerful healing qualities it is suggested you incorporate the pill or capsule form into their diet. For more information on Quercetin click HERE. For best Quercetin absorption, include pineapple and papayas in your dog’s diet. Try Soopa Papaya Natural Chews!
- Nettles for its natural histamine content and its abilities to stimulate the body to protect itself from an attack of allergens. It keeps your dogs allergy protection active so that the pollen has less chance of infiltrating! Try Cani Mix which has
Topical and remedial treatments for your dogs grass allergy:
- Leucillin is the number one all natural topical treatment that all dog owners should have! It mimics the body’s immune system, is made from 100% natural and non-toxic ingredients and can be sprayed around the eyes, ears and even be ingested!! It’s perfect for itchy skin (plus so many other things)! It soothes, heals and speeds up the recovery time!
- Oat baths or hypoallergenic shampoos are soothing and calming for your dogs inflamed and irritated skin. Try Colloidal Silver Shampoo!
- Aloe Vera gel has a cooling effect when you apply it directly to the irritated skin. You can use bottled Aloe Vera gel for a soothing effect but if you can use fresh gel, it actually has enzymes in it that help to HEAL the affected skin! Try Miracle Foam Wash – Dry Shampoo that contains Aloe Vera AND chamomile!
- Thyme is filled with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic AND anti-fungal properties!! Try making a Thyme tea with dry of fresh Thyme and then dabbing it directly on the irritated areas.
- Apple Cider Vinegar mixed 50/50 with water is a great combination to spray on your dog’s paws if they are biting as well as directly on itchy skin for some relief. It is not recommended for open wounds.
- Lemon skin tonic is another easy and helpful remedy that acts as a skin toner for your itchy dog! Steep some sliced lemon in boiling water over night and once cooled down you can apply it directly to the itchy skin!
- Green and Chamomile tea have soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities too! Just brew a strong tea, let it cool down, soak a cloth and hold it to the irritated skin for a few minutes.
- Baking Soda paste is perfect if your dog’s skin is especially irritated in one area, you can apply it directly to the spot for relief. If your dog is itching all over, try a baking soda spray and spritzing your dog all over.
- Epsom salt baths have wonderful healing qualities to skin that is in desperate need of repair.
- Cabbage leaf juices have very powerful healing qualities that also draw out heat from inflamed skin. Just take a raw leaf, break the skin of the leaf so that the raw juices come out, apply it to the affected areas for a minutes and let it do it’s magic!
- Witch Hazel is great for reducing swelling and repairing broken and irritated skin. You just apply it directly to the skin – easy!
So now that you are equipped with 16 natural remedies for your dog with grass allergies, you can make sure your pooch is as comfortable as can be while they are dealing with their symptoms.
In severe cases, please consult your vet first!!
As always, we’d love to hear from you with your own grass allergy experiences! If you have other natural remedies to suggest that you know works, please comment or email us at [email protected]. Information shared is a potential life spared.
Paws of Love,
Sarah (fur mum to Frank) xo
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