Dog Allergies Guide

Naturally, both humans and animals are susceptible to allergies.  Allergies are the result of the immune system’s hypersensitivity or over reacting to substances that it has mistaken as foreign in the body. So the body produces antibodies to destroy the intruder. This can lead to inflammation or skin irritation. 

Dogs can develop a variety of allergies ranging from the skin, eyes, food, gastrointestinal, ears, etc. 

What are the symptoms when a dog has allergies ?

Itching of the skin, either localized (in one place) or widespread (all over the body), is the most typical sign of allergies in dogs. The respiratory system may be involved in certain cases, causing symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and/or wheezing. There may occasionally be a runny discharge coming from the nose or eyes. In some instances, the digestive tract is affected by the allergy reactions, causing vomiting and diarrhea.

Unfortunately, dogs of all breeds and origins frequently have allergies. The majority of afflicted dogs are older than one or two years old, and the majority of allergies start when the pet is six months old.

Hair – Hair loss and/ or hot spots

Skin – constant scratching, chewing, licking on the body, scabs, or other bumps on the skin, redness, bad odor, hair loss, dry scaly skin, hair discolored from licking, sores, insect bites

Ears- recurring or chronic ear infections, discharge, bad odor, scratching ears, shaking head

Face – rubbing face with paws, excessive scratching of face, rubbing the face against carpet or furniture causing redness , hair loss around ears or muzzle , hair loss and redness around eyes

Feet – inflammation, redness, odor, sores, constant licking, discoloration from licking