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Common Allergens To Protect Your ESA Dog From

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Approximately 10% of all dogs have allergies. Of the three types of allergies that your ESA dog is at risk of, the ones found in your dog’s home can be the most problematic as they typically result in recurrent infections, intense itching, and multiple trips to the vet. It’s, therefore, essential you know which home allergens to look out for.

Mold in the home

Mold thrives in damp conditions, so it’s common in bathrooms, kitchens and by the roof of your home. However, if it isn’t treated quickly, it can spread to other parts of your property. When your dog is exposed to mold he will have itchy skin and may rub his body or head along the ground. Your pooch is also likely to have a cough, watery eyes, and bald patches. These symptoms are largely different from how the human body reacts to fungal spores, but they are no less serious. It’s best to seek out veterinary treatment for your hound’s mold allergy. You’ll also need to arrange for the mold to be treated before your dog returns home.

Human dander

Between 15 and 30% of people are allergic to their pets, according to Healthline, but did you know that dogs can be allergic to their owners? Every day humans shed up to 0.072 ounces of skin, and it’s this dander that your dog can be allergic to. So, if your pet is experiencing itchy skin, a rash, hives, watery eyes, sneezing, or diarrhea, he could be having an allergic reaction to your dead skin cells. To alleviate these symptoms and nurse your ESA dog back to full health, you’ll need to thoroughly vacuum and clean every surface of your home frequently. Similarly, bedding and soft furnishings should be regularly washed too.

Seasonal pollen

Even though pollen originates from trees, bushes, plants, and grass, it easily gets into your home. Whenever you open your windows and doors or take your dog for a walk, pollen will enter your property. A dog with a pollen allergy will frequently sneeze, obsessively chew their paws, and have hot spots on their skin. If you suspect pollen is the cause of your dog’s symptoms, then you should brush or wash your dog whenever he enters the house, keep your windows and doors shut, and change your clothing after being outside.

Allergies in the home pose a risk to the health of your ESA dog. So, it’s crucial you know the signs of these allergens and take action to eradicate them from your dog’s living environment.

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