When Your Dog Is Allergic To Grass It Can Be A Pain In The….

When Your Dog Is Allergic To Grass It Can Be A Pain In The….

Dogs are dogs. And basically this means that when it comes to potty time, they aren’t just going to stroll up to the loo to relieve themselves. Wouldn’t that be great if they could? We could sit in the bathroom and stare at them while they go!?! Call it a twist on their weird dog behavior, reverse dog-karma. Just one time, I could go for making my dog feel as uncomfortable as he makes me by his sauntering into the bathroom to sit and stare at me while I’m taking care of my business. Dogs are dogs. Weird. But, what if your dog is allergic to grass – are you really left with no recourse other than to train them to use your porcelain Kohler toilet?

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Who Has a Weirdo Dog Allergic to Grass? We do!

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Yes indeed, one of our dogs is allergic to grass…technically, he’s allergic to the grass pollen. But to keep things simple, we’ll just say grass. Not the big willowy kind that billows in fields – that would be logical. I’m talking the green stuff…that’s in our back yard. Probably in your back yard too. You know, the kind of grass that dogs use to go potty. Luckily we live in the fabulous Pacific Northwest where it spritzes rain – no people, it doesn’t rain here as much as is portrayed in movies (did you see Sleepless in Seattle? I thought Tom Hanks was going to drown!).

When not raining my dog licks his paws like a five-year old licks a lollipop – non-stop. The rain helps keep my dog’s paws rinsed of.

Until it doesn’t.
Like in the summer and winter.
Or when it’s not raining.

Basically, I should keep my dog in a bubble.

Go-To’s For Your ‘Allergic to Grass’ Dogs

We’ve tried all sorts of lotions and potions to minimize our pup’s grass allergy reaction. After a number of tries, often with less than stellar results. But, a dog mom is relentless! We’ve learned where to focus our energies: clean paws, quality itch balm, and supplements. The trifecta of anti-grass pollen yuck – there should be a super hero for this type of malady. But, since there’s not a Super Anti-Grass Girl (which would be rather ironic since we live in Seattle and we passed legalized marijuana a while back), and we did a lot of research, we’re going to share our top recommendations for your grass allergic dog (click on images for more info):

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  • Totally natural pet care
  • 100% bio-degradable and cruelty free
  • Fragrance and allergen free
  • Wipe away dirt and odors
  • All-natural conditioners
  • Easy wipe-off of grass pollens
  • For sensitive, dry skin
  • Organic ingredients
  • Made for pets with food, grass & flea bite allergies
  • Paraben & Cruelty free
  • Soap, detergent & Sulfate free
  • Made in the USA
  •  Made in NZ
  •  Tested on humans
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Stops scratching fast
  • Cruelty and steroid free
  • Safe for you, your pet and our environment
  • Support pet’s skin, coat, joint, and heart health
  • Wild-caught fish, non-GMO, human grade
  • No fishy smell
  • Sunflower Vitamin E, 100IU per 5ml
  • Protects allergy sensitive pets

He’s Got Weird Grass Allergies, But I LOVE Him

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It took me a little while to understand that my boy was sensitive to grass pollen. I knew he was allergic to something. But, to what was the question. Food? A particular type of protein? After a lot of elimination I realized it wasn’t something he was consuming….it was environmental. Our vet helped me get to the ‘root’ (ha, I’m pun-ny!) of the problem. Give your vet a jingle if you think your pup may have a grass allergy.

Yup, it is rather ironic that a dog would have grass allergies, but…I love him.

Check out our dog spa day post if you are interested in a little fun!

Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog


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  1. Nelly has seasonal allergies, the first year she developed them was a nightmare for her. She had skin infections and eventually had to be put on steroids. Since then we’ve been able to manage them better, but I will give these things a try.

    • We agree – when allergies first strike, they are quite shocking! I’m glad you have found things that work for you!

  2. Ha!! I love the idea of making our dogs feel uncomfortable in the bathroom. That’s a hilarious image! We don’t have much grass here in Brooklyn, but I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be to have a dog that is allergic to it.

  3. Environmental allergies are so tricky. I’m glad that you found out what the problem was but grass is awfully hard to avoid. ☺

  4. Did you look into immunotherapy? It’s now available in sublingual form too.

    I have seen videos of two dogs who actually were taught to use the toilet, btw.

  5. I’d never heard of a pet being allergic to grass before – that must be hard when you’re out walking. Max used to have an asthma flare whenever our neighbour would mow his lawn and we had the windows open… but that’s our closest experience.

  6. I’m glad you found something that works for him! That must be such a pain being allergic to grass. I thought you were going to suggest boots at first.

  7. Layla is allergic to the grass and others and I wipe her down with a damp warm cloth when we come in each time to prevent the itchies

  8. It’s really important to make folks aware of this as I also have a dog that has terrible allergies and licks — such an important sign to look for and I also love Eezapet! I love this product so much that I use it on Bruisy’s interdigital cysts (more foot issues in our house) and I use it on scratches I get myself. You’re the first blogger I’ve seen talk about. it’s like a magic ointment!

  9. Oh my! It would be tough to be a dog that is allergic to grass. I can see how that would cause problems with all kinds of things that dogs like to do. I’m glad that you have found some products to help. It would be miserable to be a dog that can’t go outside and play or go potty in a natural way.

  10. How did you find out about the allergy? Deduction, or testing? That is fascinating. I never even thought that might be an issue. Henry has autoimmune issues and is sensitive to so many things. Perhaps even grass! Thanks – will share.

  11. Poor pup. What about boots?

  12. We use Eezapet on our cats, It is terrific stuff. It comes in small jars that are portable so you can carry it with you – (one of the zillion thing in mum’s handbag!!)

    We like it because it’s gentle is effective, I know any dog would welcome something like this especially if it helps against allergies like grass!
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  13. I didn’t realize a dog could have a grass allergy – what a pain! I think my Cow is allergic to chicken, as her reddish, itchy, yeasty skin has improved since I changed her food, but it’s still pinkish.
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    • Chicken is one of the items that many dogs are allergic to – and most people don’t know it! Good for you to catch it!

  14. I need to get my mom to check to see if her dog has a grass pollen. There are times of the year, he has a terrible allergy. Maybe this is the problem.

    • Definitely has something to do with it – some times are worse than others!

  15. Whoa never knew a dog could be allergic to grass , heard about other allergies like pollen, food etc. This is a new one for me

    • It was a new one to us to – never heard of it before! But we figured it out!

  16. Dealing with a pet that has any environmental allergies seems tricky, but a grass allergy seems like the worst! Happy you got it figured out and have some remedies to solve the issue.

  17. Ugh allergies suck! I didn’t know dogs could be allergic to grass…yikes. Great tips for how to help with this!

  18. Oh no. Perfect allergy for a city like New York where there is hardly any grass but awful for anywhere else 🙁

    • Now that’s a good point!

  19. What a great post. I had a friend who had a blind dog who was allergic to grass. She had to go through allergy testing and then literally avoid grass. What a great array of solutions here.

    • Thank you – it took us a while, but we figured out! Glad your friend did as well – it’s tricky, no one would suspect lawn grass!

  20. We have grass everywhere in our place and good heavens our dog isn’t allergic to grass, last time he was just eating grass and didn’t eat for the whole day. We brought him to the vet, we found out he is sick and lost tooth. Glad he is OK now. Thanks for sharing!


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