In Bugg's world...Sadly, Dogs do have Allergies.
We all know that humans can suffer from allergies but, it can also be a condition your furry family members might have to deal with. I have gathered some tips to help you get them through this time of the year.
- Ahh, Ahh, Ahh choo!
- Even Bugg's world has a few glitches
- Yes, Spring is in the Air.
- Keep their eyes clean
- That Feels so Good!
- Roll, Roll, Roll in the Grass
- Rub a Dub, Dub, Bugg's is in the Tub
- Wash their bed clothes, Please!
- Ice, Ice, Buggah
- Do Not forget about their Toys
- Help them, help themselves
Ahh, Ahh, Ahh choo!
My Bugg is just miserable right now. Bugg has allergies and it seems to be the very thing I am allergic to, any thing that grows outside. This has been a very trying time for Bugg. Bugg is in his usual mood of, I want to play outside but, after a few minutes outside. Bugg's eyes start to tear up, his eyes start to swell and he actually starts to sneeze. So I must curve his play time outside.
Bugg is a little over a year old and he is full of energy. It is hard keeping Bugg inside for most of the day but, this is one thing as a responsible mom, I must do. As you can tell by the picture on your right, Bugg hates it also.
This is Bugg's favorite place during this time of the year, looking out the window.
Even Bugg's world has a few glitches
I do allow Bugg to have a lot of access to our front porch during this time of the year. The porch is on the second story so, Bugg has less of a chance of getting too much pollen.
This would be a great fix but, we do not live in a perfect world and dogs do need to venture outside, in the great outdoors.
Also, Bugg loves to play outside.
Yes, Spring is in the Air.
I do not take any drugs for my allergies, I just limit my time outside during the spring season and keep the air conditioner on. I find doing the same for your family pet is the best option.
Do not get me wrong, we had to purchase allergy pills one year for Max, whom also suffered from hay fever. Max's allergies had gotten to the point that he was having a hard time breathing or I would never have given him medication. If your dog has allergies, please consult your veterinarian.
I find the best thing to do is to make them as comfortable as you can. As long as they are not having breathing problems, just ride it out.
Keep their eyes clean
My first instinct as it is with most, is to wipe the discharge from Bugg's eyes with my fingers.
Do not do this!
If you do this, you could cause a infection in your friends eyes.
So, please use a cool & wet wash cloth.
That Feels so Good!
Every time your pet comes inside from playing outside, take a cool wet wash cloth and clean out their eyes.
Rinse your wash cloth out with some cold water and then, wash their face and the rest of their body.
This will help get most of the pollen off of them and minimize the pollen that gets in their eyes and lungs.
Also make sure you keep their ears clean. We put a ear rinse in Bugg's ears once a week.
Roll, Roll, Roll in the Grass
Bugg is a dog whom just loves to roll in the grass and so, he seems to collect a lot of what he is allergic to. I know Bugg will suffer a bit but, with these tips I am sharing with you, I see no problem in letting him do what he enjoys, to a point.
I have to also admit, I love to be amongst the things I am allergic to but, unlike a dog, I know when to come out of the pollen.
When your dog's allergies are acting up, please limit this fun activity.
Rub a Dub, Dub, Bugg's is in the Tub
My husband bathes Bugg once a week. Dan will use a very mild shampoo on Bugg, since we are bathing him more than we usually do throughout the year. You have to keep a eye on their skin.
You don't want their skin to dry out.
I also feed Bugg my own homemade dog biscuits. Since I use olive oil in my recipe, this will help to keep your dogs skin moisturized.
Bugg gets brushed out daily, this will also help their natural oils come out. Do it outside. We do it on our front porch, so the pollen is not released into our home and further irritates Bugg.
Remember after you brush your family pet out. Wipe their face and the rest of their body, with a wet wash cloth. Also spray off your porch with the water hose a few times a week.
Wash their bed clothes, Please!
I wash their bed clothes once a week. If the pollen is extremely high, as it usually is in our area during March, April and May. I will do their bed clothes twice a week.
You have gone to all the trouble to rid your furry friend of pollen, I know you don't want them to be sleeping in it. I find this takes very little time.
We also have a dog bed in the study, I will tumble the dog bed for a full drying cycle, this will help get out some of the pollen.
Ice, Ice, Buggah
Since you can not keep your animal inside all the time, please make sure they have plenty of water or ice outside.
If you have ever experienced allergies, you will know that you tend to have a dry mouth during this time.
Same with your pet.
Do Not forget about their Toys
If dog toys are taken outside, please wash them every time they are brought in.
At this time Bugg's favorite toy is Tee and as you can tell, Bugg's play toy loves to be up in his face.
So yes, Tee also gets washed off with a wet wash cloth, every time he comes in.
We also vacumn every other day, at least. If the pollen count is high, then we vacumn once a day.
Help them, help themselves
If you do all these tips, I am sure both you and your family pet will get through this spring with very little discomfort. I only write about what I know and that would be dogs but, I see no reason why these tips can not help any of your furry family friends whom are also suffering from allergies.
Will Bugg be okay, sure he will, as we all know...
It's a Bugg's world!
It's a Bugg's world or, at least our dog thinks so!
A dog toy, Bugg and some Alabama ingenuity!
Bugg says "Rock!"
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