Allergies can also make your dog’s skin dry, flaky, and itchy, and while this isn’t a problem exclusive to winter, canines who are sensitive to indoor allergens can experience a flare up between December and March because they’re spending so much time inside.
“Dogs can be allergic to dust mites, human dander, cat dander, feathers, cotton, wool, and mold to name a few,” Heinrich says.
Antihistamines and essential fatty acids are commonly recommended for mild allergies, or in conjunction with other treatments like immunosuppressant medications and monoclonal antibody therapy for more severe cases. Any type of allergy treatment should be discussed with a veterinarian or veterinary dermatologist before using, Heinrich says. Allergy tests can be performed by many veterinarians, as well, and if the problem can be isolated, avoidance might be the most appropriate form of treatment.