Is your dog scratching or experiencing runny eyes? It could be allergies. The question to ask is what dogs are allergic to? Let’s take a look at how you can tell if your dog suffers from allergies, what he or she may be allergic to, and what you can do to help.
Is My Dog Suffering From Allergies?
One of the key signs of allergies in dogs is itching, the medical term for this is pruritus. A dog doesn’t have to scratch to tell us he is itching. You might see him biting at his feet or licking his belly. When we brought our new puppies home, they developed a red rash on their tummies. After further research, we discovered why –I’ll cover that in the next section.
Chewing of the skin is a possible sign of allergies as well. The areas most often affected by allergic reactions are the dog’s face, feet, belly, ears, and armpit.
What Are Dogs Allergic To?
The environmental allergens common to dogs include fleas, dust mites, pollens and molds from trees, grasses, weeds, and some flowers. Our puppies are sensitive to grass and once they grew a bit taller, where their tummies no longer dragged over the mowed grass they did a lot better.
Your dog might have a food allergy. The most likely culprits are chicken, fish, soy, and beef. We found one of our pups was allergic to salmon, the main ingredient in one of the dog foods we introduced to them. After switching to a bison based food, our dog’s allergic reaction went away.
Rule out pests such as fleas by checking for the actual fleas or flea dirt when you bathe your dog.
How To Treat Dog Allergies
Please note, environmental allergies are manageable but seldom cured. That said, your vet can guide you to the best solution for your dog’s specific allergy. Some of the common treatments are injectable corticosteroids, antihistamine tablets, shampoos, topical cyclosporines, and allergy shots.
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