Dog Grass Allergy

A dog grass allergy may be affecting the family pet especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors on natural grass. While dogs aren't allergic to grass itself they can have an allergic reaction to the pollen produced by grass in the spring and early summer. The yellow powder you see when the weather warms up can be causing your dog to go through all sorts of issues that can range from watery eyes to bare spots on their body from excessive licking and scratching. 

dog grass allergy

It's unfortunate that dogs can have a negative reaction to natural grass but environmental allergies are more common than most dog owners think. A dog grass allergy is often the last thing tested for after food allergies, parasite infections, fleas and ticks. If you suspect your dog is having an allergic reaction to the grass in your yard be sure to keep reading. We are going to go over the symptoms, testing and treatment options for your dog including replacing your existing lawn with artificial grass. 


Symptoms of a Dog Grass Allergy

Your natural lawn may be causing your dog's allergies without you knowing it. If you suspect there is something wrong it could be that your dog has an allergy to grass pollen. The signs you should look for are listed below and you should always use common sense to ascertain what the problem is. Keep in mind what times of the year the symptoms occur, and whether it corresponds with a diet change or maybe your dog is under stress.

A dog grass allergy is similar to human allergies in how they experience the symptoms. While some dogs can develop an allergic reaction early in their life others can develop it later in their life. Dog allergy symptoms can follow a pattern or they can be random in nature. The following are symptoms of a dog grass allergy:

  • Itchy areas commonly on the head, face, abdomen and feet. 
  • Dermatitis or bare patches that may appear as bald spots, and may also be itchy.
  • Rash or hives.
  • Watery eyes and runny nose.
  • Scratchy throat as a result of hay fever. 
  • Sneezing or snoring.
  • Diarrhea.

The symptoms listed above could also be a sign of a parasitic infection or food allergy. It's something to keep in mind when trying to troubleshoot what exactly the root of the problem is. If you notice your dog is itching their belly or legs it's possibly a sign of a dog grass pollen allergy where an isolated sore on their back most likely isn't. 


Testing for a Dog Grass Allergy

A dog grass allergy is a bit challenging to test for but the most accurate way to be certain the symptoms are being caused by grass pollen is to have a professional conduct an intradermal allergy test. Intradermal allergy testing involves injecting small quantities of allergens into the dog's skin. The injections are monitored closely for a positive response which can appear as swelling, similar to a hive. The swelling is often noted within 20 minutes of the injection and is a marker that their is an allergic sensitivity to the injected allergen. Learn more about allergy skin testing for dogs by visiting the Animal Dermatology Clinic of BC.

Another great option is the 5Strands Allergy, Sensitivity & Intolerance Test Kit. It tests for intolerances of over 300 potential allergens including the following common natural grasses; Bermuda, Zoysia, Kentucky Blue, Augustine, Colonial Bent, Orchard, Rye, Clover, Kammgrass, Fescue and Crab. Take comfort in knowing you are helping ensure the health of your loved one and getting priceless peace of mind at an affordable price. The test is pain free, has fully comprehensive reporting and you will get results fast. 



Dog Grass Allergy Treatment

The best treatment for a dog grass allergy is to limit exposure to grass or replace it with a quality artificial grass product. Since natural grass releases pollen in the spring and summer it's especially important to limit exposure during these seasons. Keeping your grass healthy and cut short will help reduce the amount of pollen that is released. Avoiding tall grasses and limiting the amount of time your dog spends on the lawn will also help a lot. It's important to keep in mind that pollen can attach itself to a dog's hair very easily, it can be breathed in through the lungs and can even be licked off the hair of a contaminated dog.  

If your dog uses the yard and you suspect a dog grass allergy it's recommended that you wash and dry their feet after exposure. The areas between their toes should be washed and dried thoroughly. A regular bath is another good idea during the spring and summer when they are out enjoying the yard or going for walks in the park. The goal is to keep their coat and skin free of pollen that can be breathed in or ingested from licking. A few treatment options are available if exposure has occurred and you have confirmed that a dog grass allergy is the culprit. 

  • Diet supplements including; omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Short term corticosteroids.
  • Steroids to reduce itching.
  • Immunotherapy.
  • Antihistamines.
  • Acupuncture as an alternative to supplements and drugs. 

It's important to note that any dog can develop a dog grass allergy but it is more common with certain breeds; Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Pugs, Terriers, Cocker Spaniels and Pit Bulls.  


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