Dog Allergies, Reactions and Some Causes

Posted on September 30, 2013
dog allergies

Dog Allergies

Dog Allergies from Marietta Vet Clinic

Dog allergies can be suffered just like people.  Allergies show allergic reactions when the immune systems recognizes allergens or substances as a danger.  Dogs with allergies usually have strong noticeable allergic reactions.  Allergens when inhaled, ingested or made contact with skin can become problematic.

Let’s look at some general signs and reactions that might appear if allergies are present;

Scratching, Itchy scaly skin, Itchy ears, Itchy eyes, Runny eyes, Ear infections, Eye infections, Scratching or biting at the base of tail, Swollen paws, Chewing paws, Sneezing, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Continuous licking 

Scratching and biting at the base of the tail usually results in a flea allergy and is very common.  Dogs can also suffer from bacterial or yeast skin infections with hair loss and scaly crusty skin.

Dogs of all ages can develop allergies.  Allergies are most common in terriers, setters, retrievers and flat faced breeds such as boston terriers, pug and bulldogs.

 Lets look at a few common causes that give dogs allergies.

Mold Spores, Weed pollen, Tree pollen, Grass pollen, Cleaning products, prescription, drugs, Dander, Dust mites, Rubber materials, Plastic Materials, Fabrics, Food ingredients, Cigarette smoke, Feathers, Flea bites, Flea control products, Shampoos

The most common dog allergies are to fleas or food.  Dogs with food allergies usually have red itchy skin, vomiting or diarrhea.  If there are any signs of allergies, it’s important to make an appointment with a veterinarian to get it checked.  The veterinarian will do a physical check-up along with getting some history.  The vet may be able to determine the cause and explain how to correct it.  If not determined at the visit, usually a skin or blood test may be recommended.  Sometimes the dog will be put on a special diet until the allergy is determined.  If the condition worsens with time, the veterinarian may refer to a animal dermatologist.  Allergies can cause great suffering in dogs, so it’s important to get them under control for your pet to live a healthy life.