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?[media-credit name=”Lindsey Turner” link=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/theogeo/3159051622/in/photolist-5P9XZh-gTZbXM-9fwGm4-pRqfHo-8CqXyU-9nezQv-5LXVwn-k3qNgE-bhHpua-Lwwg7-asmgTt-ci5BKj-aGCdE-dovkDe-rWbZY-iGRg2-4xhaLn-5VZSU5-uLgb8w-7ZBA1X-64qndv-4CKyLr-goxJTY-82P2rM-kMAQEa-7yaoeq-csrseE-5DPFn4-9h4qdo-dzmiVk-9z2rZB-4DR92d-5UmfQQ-4xhdk8-5iFSLU-6Faomt-7HfPF-6VhpmZ-aNxTaF-7kmoZQ-6iKznc-9yrWbJ-aNxT6v-7rBQJd-5tyV8V-83KGmg-7MY4yD-6BgzaF-8PinZf-77r8me” align=”aligncenter” width=”1024″][/media-credit]
Who Has a Weirdo Dog Allergic to Grass? We do![media-credit name=”Madison’s Musings” link=”http://madisonmcnugget.com/post/94529317/bubbles” align=”alignright” width=”252″][/media-credit]
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.
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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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.
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Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!
With lub, MattieDog, a little dog making a big impact in this world!®