Last year Gary’s mom came to visit and with it came radical changes in my dog’s schedule. Yeah, dogs are creatures of habit. We went on day trips without him, had people over a lot more, yes, this was pre-COVID, and he became a little neurotic.

He started chewing his tail and a huge bald spot developed. No matter what we did the chewing got worse. We tried topical stuff for hot spots but other places got his attention instead.

Gary’s mother left and we thought his the dog’s itching and biting would stop. There were no fleas or ticks, he had just been bathed, we lavished him with attention and got him back on his normal schedule. Eventually, we did what we should have done from the start of it all. We called the vet.

After a brief conversation, she said two words. Seasonal Allergies. I told her about the schedule changes and that he had not had anything wrong last year. She explained that every year is different and a full 60% or more of her doggy patients were there because of allergies. Off we went to the vet where we filled a prescription and within days he was better. We kept him on the meds for the full fourteen days and it was worth every penny.

Yes, his hair all came back. Add one more thing to the long, long list that I never knew dogs could get. My vet is fond of saying, and this too was pre-COVID days, that everything humans can get dogs can get.

Fast forward to exactly a year later. Gary’s daughter came and we laughed and cooked, I cooked, ate, and drank way too much, altered the dog’s schedule, and, sure enough, a patch of hair loss but this time in a new area. Again I was convinced it was all the change. But this time I called the vet who said, yep, seasonal allergies. After two doses the scratching and biting stopped. Wow, do I love drugs. Well, these drugs and this vet.

Gary’s mother left and we thought his the dog’s itching and biting would stop. There were no fleas or ticks, he had just been bathed, we lavished him with attention and got him back on his normal schedule. Eventually, we did what we should have done from the start of it all. We called the vet. e vet where we filled a prescription and within days he was better. We kept him on the meds for the full fourteen days and it was worth every penny.

I don’t know if this year is better worse than last year but I do know that being married to a husband who suffers from seasoning allergies and now a dog who is following suit is not fun. Here is an excellent article about managing seasonal allergies. If you notice symptoms it doesn’t always mean you need to try prescription drugs. The severity of Coconut’s symptoms made drugs the obvious choice for us.

Not every allergy requires medication and here’s an article that is a good starting point. As always, your vet is your best option. As always, your vet should be your first call and together you can figure out the next step.

https://tinyurl.com/y35925yf