Dog allergies: Cresswell has them!
Like clock-work each October (a few weeks into spring) Cress comes inside after running around the backyard and his eyes look a little red. Several days later his third eyelids are inflamed and his eyes are watery and we are off to the vet for some cream to get his eyes back to normal.
This is the third year in a row now (he is 3 years old) and we (the vet included) are positive it is some plant or grass species in our yard that is causing the issues, as we have ruled out most of the other causes. Of course it doesn’t help that Cress runs through our back hedge at a million miles an hour without concern for pointy sticks, but the eye trouble only happens mid-spring as the weather starts to get hotter.
So I have been trying to research what plants can cause allergies in dogs, specifically those that irritate the eyes. So far I am not having much luck as there are lots of vague resources that just say ivy and grasses without naming specific types or what part of the plant causes the problems (pollen, sap, leaves?). Combine that issue with my very poor skills at identifying plants species and Cress’s eye problems don’t look like they will be solved soon. Ideally I would like to know which plant is the main culprit and see if I can remove it or fence it off so Cress can’t get his face near it. I have ruled out a few plants like Oleander, Liquidambar, Plane Trees, Asthma weed and we are also trying to keep our lawn mown and our hedges cut back.
So I wanted to ask you, our readers, does your dog get any plant allergies at any time of year and if so do you know what plants may cause them? We would appreciate any help, advice or information that would help Cressie and his poor sore eyes.
Published on October 21, 2011