Is Your Pet a Pollen Magnet? Tips for Dog Lovers with Allergies

My dogs are normally white, but after a spring romp they often have a yellow tint due to pollen clinging to their long fur. The pollen prompts sneezes from both pups and me.

Saint Louis can be a tough place to live with allergies. A former number one worst allergy city, Saint Louis is now ranked as the nation’s twentieth most challenging city for those who suffer with allergies.

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Pollen sensitivities do not have to keep pets and the people who love them inside. There are a few strategies to use to enjoy the great outdoors with your furry friend and avoid pollen.

• Consider giving dogs with long coats a haircut as weather begins to warm. This will be more comfortable and pick up less pollen and other debris outside.

• Wipe pet down with animal wet wipes after every visit outside. Wipe from head to tail because pollen can stick to faces, fur, tails and paws!

• If there is a lot of pollen on your pet, a rinse in the shower may help. Use less pet shampoo or none at all, if you need to do this a lot.

• Consider treating pets to more frequent brushes to get any pollen out of their fur if there is someone available not sensitive to pollen to lend a hand.

• Following pollen forecasts can help you choose the best route to walk your dog to reduce exposure. If the pollen count is particularly high, consider postponing your walk or playing with your dog inside instead. In general, all types of plants favor warm, sunny days for releasing pollen, and they tend not to do it during rainy weather. Rain also washes residual pollen out of the air.

• Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause minor sniffling and sneezing as well as life-threatening anaphylactic shock. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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