People often think that seasonal allergies are only relevant to summer....nope! Pollen is around all year long, just different ones. Right now, here are the top 4 culprits in NSW. With grass pollen, your dog is likely worse with freshly cut grass or when the grass is wet. This dampness helps transport the pollen to your dog where it can then pass through a defective skin barrier which is thought to be a genetically inherited condition. Did you know around 40% of dogs are thought to be affected by skin allergies/atopy? 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼? 📌 If your dog is in a bad state, ask your Vet for a referral to a Dermatologist, they can conduct intra-dermal skin testing to see what your dog is reacting to and build immunotherapy vaccinations for your dog. 📌 if you have to use medication to give your dog quality of life, then that's what you do. It would be incredibly cruel not to medicate your dog simply because you don't want to. You can always be working on other management systems to help support your dogs immune system that might help them this season but more likely help them when their bodies will be challenged with this again. Seek the help of a holistic/integrative Vet who has experience managing skin conditions without medication if and where possible. 📌 Get your dog onto a healthy diet that is anti-inflammatory to support their immune system. This looks like fresh food not processed kibble which is pro-inflammatory due to its high carbs. Learn more about providing a fresh food diet here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rawandfresh/ 📌 If your budget allows, get them onto Antinol Rapid which is a joint formula that we see so many dogs getting improvements in their skin conditions because of its incredibly high and bio-available full spectrum omega-3 - there's nothing on the market than can compete. Our Dane avoided medication last year since being on Antinol and this year he's looking so awesome compared to this time last year! It's a supplement not a drug - if your Vet doesn't stock it, shoot me a DM and I'll hook you up with an online supplier with free shipping. 📌 Get your dog onto a pro-biotic STAT! Gut health is the core of the immune system! The Balanced Canine make one called 'Gut Dust': https://www.balanced-canine.com/my-doggie-boosters 📌 When you come back from walks, rinse your dogs feet and legs - you can rinse (not wash) as many times per day as you like - this is one of the most effective yet under-utalised treatments for environmental reactions.