Did you know pets can also get allergies? Yep, just like humans, spring blooms can irritate your animals, giving them the same symptoms as you, like sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes.
Sometimes, though, a dog’s allergies will present in a completely different way, often as a skin issue or as itching ears. Your dog’s allergy symptoms can be a very real concern, because the more the animal scratches at their skin or ears, the more likely they are to injure themselves and expose themselves to the risk of infection.
Bottlebrush trees and bushes generate a type of pollen that dogs are highly allergic to, and it will stick to their coats if they come into contact with the flowers of these plants. Male juniper bushes and trees, the ones that do not produce berries, are also heavy generators of pollen that many dogs have a reaction to. Mulberry trees are a major dog allergen, as well.
The same goes for primroses, gas plant trees, philodendrons, purple leaf velvet plants, wandering jew plants, Bermuda grass, oak trees, acacia shrubs and groundcovers, snailseed vines, and daylilies.
There are also more wild plants you want your pet to avoid. These include:
yew tree, poison oak, podocarpus shrubs, pencil trees, milk bush, crown of thorns, and spurge, as well as tulips, narcissus, daffodils, agapanthus, and other flower producing bulbs.
If you’re concerned about your pet’s allergies, call us or bring them into the office for an appointment.