By Katie West
Fall brings with it magnificent colors, cooler temperatures and for some of our canine friends, terrible seasonal allergies. Most people associate seasonal allergies with the springtime, when everything is in bloom, but fall is also allergy season. The allergens that commonly affect pets and people in autumn are molds (from decaying plant materials) and ragweed pollen.
"In early fall, it doesn't matter where you walk your dog or let her run, she's bound to run into ragweed and mold, which can lead to intense allergic reactions," says Dr. Keith Hnilica, associate professor of dermatology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. "The best precaution you can take for your dog in early fall is to limit exposure to allergens, but when allergic reactions occur, pet owners should consider how their veterinarian can help with medicine for dogs -- especially since people are increasingly turning to those options for themselves."
Owners can proactively avoid some frustration by limiting their dogs' exposure. Below are some common sense ideas for owners to help avoid the fall itchies and make this season a little more comfortable for their pets.
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