Seasonal Allergies in Pets: Managing Pollen and Grass Allergies

As the seasons change, many pets may suffer from allergies to pollen and grass. These seasonal allergies can cause discomfort and irritation for your furry friends. In this blog, Alta Vista Animal Hospital provides guidance on managing pollen and grass allergies in pets to keep them comfortable and healthy.


Understanding Seasonal Allergies in Pets


Seasonal allergies in pets occur when their immune system reacts to environmental allergens like pollen, grass, or mold. These allergies are most common during spring and summer when pollen levels are highest.


Recognizing Signs of Seasonal Allergies


Watch for these common signs of seasonal allergies in pets:

Itchy Skin: Excessive scratching, licking, or chewing, especially on the paws, belly, or face.

Red or Irritated Skin: Look for redness or inflammation on the skin, particularly in areas of hair loss.

Runny Eyes or Nose: Watery eyes or a runny nose can be a sign of allergies.

Sneezing or Coughing: Pets may sneeze or cough frequently due to respiratory irritation.

Ear Infections: Recurring ear infections may be linked to allergies, especially in dogs.

Changes in Behavior: Irritated pets may seem restless, uncomfortable, or show signs of anxiety.

Managing Pollen and Grass Allergies

Here are some tips for managing seasonal allergies in pets:

Limit Outdoor Time: During peak pollen times, limit your pet’s time outdoors, especially in grassy or wooded areas.

Wipe Down Your Pet: After outdoor walks, wipe down your pet’s fur and paws with a damp cloth to remove pollen and other allergens.

Regular Grooming: Regularly brush your pet to remove loose fur and potential allergens, and bathe them with hypoallergenic shampoo as needed.

Keep Windows Closed: Keep windows and doors closed during high pollen periods to reduce indoor allergens.

Air Purifiers: Consider using air purifiers to help filter allergens from the air in your home.

Hypoallergenic Bedding: Use hypoallergenic bedding and wash it regularly to reduce allergens.


Treatment Options


If your pet’s allergies persist, your veterinarian may recommend treatment options such as:

Antihistamines: These medications can help relieve itching and other allergy symptoms.

Steroids: In severe cases, steroids may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Allergy Testing: Your vet may suggest allergy testing to identify specific triggers and tailor treatment.


Managing seasonal allergies in pets involves recognizing the signs, reducing exposure to allergens, and seeking veterinary care when necessary. By taking these steps, you can help keep your pet comfortable and healthy during allergy season. If you suspect your pet has seasonal allergies or need guidance on managing their symptoms, contact Alta Vista Animal Hospital for expert advice and care. We’re here to support you and your pet’s well-being!