Pet Care Basics, Skin Problem Resources

Environmental Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Why are my dogs ears and eyes itchy? How do I know if my dog has pollen allergies? Environmental allergies typically occur between the age of one to three years old, and the symptoms in dogs and cats include scratching, licking, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing and skin problems. Environmental allergies in dogs and cats occur because of irritating substances in an animal’s environment. Some common allergens are dust and grass. Pollen is the most common airborne allergy and can travel up to 100 miles. Thankfully there are several options for how to treat environmental allergies in dogs and cats.

Topical Treatment

Using a shampoo can help relieve itching and remove scales, bacteria and parasites. Bathing can help keep your pet comfortable by removing environmental allergens. It may also be beneficial to wipe your pet down when he comes inside to remove any pollen on his skin.

You can manage environmental allergies in dogs and cats with these products:

  • Micro-Tek Pet Spray provides instant relief for itchy skin and continues to work for over 24 hours.
  • Pramoxine Anti-itch spray and shampoo help stop the itch topically. Using Pramoxine Shampoo twice a week gets the pollen off the skin. Pramoxine Spray can be used daily on any area needing extra attention.

Treatment for the Eyes and Ears

What can I put on my dogs ears for allergies? Allergens, bacteria and fungus can get stuck in your pet’s ears and eyes. Ear and eye care remove allergens and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and fungus, resulting in less itching and irritation.

Does Omega-3 Help With Itching in Dogs and Cats?

Omega 3 fatty acids are a great supplement for skin and coat health. They reduce flakiness, itchiness and shedding. Omega 3 also soothes skin inflammation due to scratching and allergies.

  • Doc Roy’s® Derma Coat Plus has Omega 3 & 6 to promote optimal skin health. Derma Coat Plus is designed to help a dog’s skin and coat resist allergens while giving a healthy shine to the coat.
  • Omegaderm-3 helps correct and prevent dry flaking skin, dry brittle hair, dull coats and scratching due to dry skin on dogs and cats.

Treatment for Bacterial and/or Fungal Infections

If excessive scratching causes bacterial and/or fungal infection, a combination of antibiotics and antifungals are needed to cure.

The antibiotics and antifungals may be needed for 30 days to eliminate the infection and allow the skin to recover.

We can’t eliminate allergens but if we keep the allergens off the skin and the resistance to them high, we can live with them!

If you need help with how to treat environmental allergies in dogs and cats, call us at 800.786.4751.

Article originally written by Donald Bramlage, DVM, Revival’s Former Director of Veterinary Services.

Pet Allergies

Written by: Marty Greer, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services

Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 40+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She’s served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2019. In 2023, Dr. Greer was named the Westminster Kennel Club Veterinarian of the Year.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.