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Do you have a pooch that has an allergy to grass? If so, then you have probably found yourself having to explain that, yes, dogs can be allergic to grass and, no, it doesn’t mean they absolutely cannot run in the field.
Not all grass is the same, with many different species of grass in the UK alone. The chances of your dog being allergic to all types of grass is slim (though not impossible) so you will do well to familiarise yourself with the specific strand of grass that they are allergic to.
Dogs spend a lot of time walking, playing and sleeping in the garden, especially on warm sunny days when you a likely to join them. If your garden has any grass and you are unsure as to exactly what type of grass it is, find out as soon as you know what type of grass it is that sets off any allergic reaction. The last thing you want is your dog to eat something that can potentially cause them discomfort or set of a serious reaction.
If you want to avoid any potential issue altogether, artificial grass could be a feasible alternative. Your furry friend can run and play feeling the grass between their toes, and you don’t have to gravel or pave over your lawn to accommodate your dog.
While you will be all too aware of their allergies, others won’t. The best way of ensuring anyone who comes into contact with your dog knows about their allergy, especially in the unfortunate instance they become separated from their owner, is through a medical tag, available from various retailers.
These dog tags clearly detail any medical information about the dog such as allergies, as well as anything else that should be noted. This can then ensure that anyone who might find the dog can keep them as comfortable as possible whilst tending to their medical needs.
Seek Vets Advice
Seeking the advice of a vet is always the best course of action because they have been trained to answer precisely these sorts of questions. They may well be able to point you in the direction of any medication that can help to subside any symptoms brought on as a result of an allergic reaction.
In the event that your dog does have a reaction, despite your best efforts, you should seek the opinion of a vet immediately. Even if the symptoms do not appear to be serious, getting your dog seen to by a vet can never be a bad thing.
Inspect Any Area Prior to Letting Them Off the Lead
When you take your dog out you want to let them off the lead so as they can have a proper run around. Playing fetch whilst holding onto them isn’t much fun after all! If they are allergic to grass, and a specific species at that, you need to inspect the area prior to letting them go.
To do this, you will need to familiarise yourself with the area beforehand without the dog. You should also make sure that your dog is properly trained to answer instructions so as they return to you immediately in the event of coming across a potential hazard.