Is Your Dog Allergic to Dust Mites?
Dogs are fun and energetic parts of our lives. But just like us they can be allergic to everyday things such as pollen and dust mites. Dust mites are the number one allergy for humans and yes, even cats and dogs. But what can you do for your canine companion to diagnose and alleviate these symptoms?
The most obvious symptoms include constant itching or scratching. In dogs (and cats) they can lick off patches of fur. Sometimes they’ll scratch or rub at their eyes, much like we humans do, and make them red and blurry. Dog breeds more susceptible to dust mite allergies include pugs, retrievers and terriers. In more severe cases your pooch might have difficulty breathing indoors. These symptoms will alleviate when on walks or at long stretches of the dog park. If these symptoms appear after eating, it might be a food allergy. Be sure to check with your vet. Sometimes vets can perform a patch test much like they do for humans, but this test costs more than traditional treatment so be sure to watch your pet to understand exactly when and where they get their allergies.
To rid your home of as many dust mites as possible and keep them out you want to keep humidity and dust down by doing the following:
- Vacuum often and keep your home well ventilated
- Buy a dehumidifier to keep humidity in your home lower than 50%
- Wash bedding once a week in 130℉ to kill dust mites
- Don’t free feed your pet, the food can attract different kinds of mites, keep food in a sealed container away from bedding or cloth.
- Give a bath to alleviate symptoms like itchy skin
What to Tell Your Vet
Fundamentally, the only treatable allergy is one you are certain of. If you make changes to your home and see no improvement with your beloved pooch, it’s time to call a vet. These are some of the symptoms to tell your vet: itchy and allergic indoors but fine outside, rubbing the eyes and scratching off fur. They’ll probably run some tests to make sure your dog doesn’t have another cause for their symptoms.