Health & Wellness

Dog Allergy Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

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By Carrie

dog-allergy-symptoms-by-fa11ing_away.jpg Have you ever watched your dog scratch his ears?

If so, he may have dog allergies.

Skin and allergy problems in dogs are not at all uncommon.

The truth is dogs get allergies just like humans do.

Unless you notice the symptoms, you may not realize that your dog truly has allergies.

Dog allergy symptoms are different than the allergy symptoms people get.

Here’s what you need to know about dog allergy symptoms, causes, and treatment — including some home remedies you can try yourself…




Dog Allergy Symptoms

Here are a few signs that your dog may have allergies:

  • Licks or chews his feet or body
  • Has red or watery eyes
  • Coughs or wheezes a lot
  • Is experiencing hair loss
  • Has a runny nose and sneezes a lot

All dog breeds can get allergies.

Breeds with a high incidence of allergies include Cairn terriers, shar peis, West Highland White terriers, Scottish terriers, Lhasa apsos, shih tzus, wirehaired fox terriers, dalmations, pugs, Irish setters, Boston terriers, golden retrievers, boxers, English setters, Labrador retrievers, miniature schnauzers, and Belgian Tervurens.  Source

Usually (but not always), a dog will develop allergies after the age of 2.  Once a dog gets allergies he will have them for the rest of his life.

Just like with humans, the older your dog gets, the worse the allergies will get.


Things Dogs Are Allergic To

Here are the 4 main types of dog allergies:

  1. Airborne allergies– caused by irritants found int he air seasonally like tree pollen, grass pollen, and weeds.
  2. Flea allergies – a single bite by one flea can break open the dog’s skin and cause irritation.
  3. Food allergies – vary widely from dog to dog; many dogs are allergic to beef, pork, chicken, turkey, eggs, soy, corn, or wheat products.
  4. Contact allergies – practically anything your dog comes in contact with could cause an allergic reaction.

If you suspect your dog to be allergic to something, have your vet check it out.  There are many different ways to treat allergies in dogs, ranging from not sending your dog outside when pollen is in the air to feeding your dog a natural diet.  They key is finding out exactly what is triggering your dog’s allergic reaction first.  From there, your vet can tell you which treatment will work best for your dog.

More about dog allergy symptoms and treatment options.


Home Remedies For Dogs With Allergies