What do I do to help my dog’s grass allergy, short of ripping up my backyard?
There are a couple of options to consider:
It is important to note that dogs are not typically allergic to the grass itself, but to the pollen. Grasses typically release their pollen when the grass matures into the “flower” stage or when the grass is tall enough to produce the feathery like structure or inflorescence on top. If you keep your tall fescue from forming the pollen makers, you can reduce the allergens!
Other options could be that you limit the exposure to the grass during the main flowering season of May – June and especially on windy days.
Additionally, wipe down your pups paws and legs after playtime outside to remove irritating allergens when you come inside.
Check with your veterinarian first, but consider using an Omega 3 and/or Omega 6 fatty acid as a dietary supplement to reduce inflammation and improve overall skin health. If your pup is still dealing with allergies or they continue on a year-round basis, it may be time to look at other possible allergies or reasons for the itching.