Fall is here. The air is crisp and the days are getting shorter. The dogs love the breezes and coldness of the days. They like to sit out on the deck in the afternoon and just lie in the late day sun. That is the good part of the season. The bad part is that Sofie is suffering terribly (as am I) from fall allergies. I have never seen her have so much trouble before (well she is only going to be 2). She coughs and wheezes, like she is trying to hack up a hairball. The other night she woke in her kennel and cried and cried to go out, and then threw up for a long time, ate more grass, threw up some more. She does not want to get sick in her kennel (which is really nice of her). I went out in the field with her but she could not calm down. I was so sad for her. Finally, I got her to come in (good because it was 2AM and raining) and we went back to bed. I have her on 50 mg of Benadryl and that really seems to help. (I am taking Sudafed because Benadryl makes me fall asleep). Louise’s eyes run and are gooey, but nothing like Sofie’s problem. Poor baby!
I hate when my furries are sick. It is really hard to know the best thing to do for them. Sometimes it even takes me a day to realize what is going on with them. At times like this, with allergies, all you can do is deal with the symptoms. In many cases, animal or human, time is the best healer, but if there are things that can help make us more comfortable while we are waiting for things to pass in time (like pollen), than I am all for those too. The Allergist says to not open the windows or go outside, but that is kind of silly in my book. I am not going to run the air conditioner when it is cool outside just to clear the air of pollen which is going to come in any way. I guess if it was killing us, I would do it, but since the antihistamines seem to work, than I don’t have to. So now Sofie and Louise and I are going for a walk in the dangerous air, but if we don’t then we don’t get exercise, and then we get stiff, and then we will not feel well….. Sorry, I am rambling, I guess I get blue when my furries get green.
Do your furries have allergies? How do you deal with them? Do you have any alternative approaches to allergy therapy?