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May 05, 2017

Dogs and Allergies

Dogs and Allergies

May isAsthma and Allergy Awareness Month for pets. There are so many things to keep track of when it comes to keeping our animals well. Shots, preventatives, foods, etc … no wonder a pill can be missed here or there!

So what are some of the most common symptoms of allergies in dogs?

  • Sneezing
  • Increased scratching or constant licking
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin

Just like us humans, our dogs can be allergic to a multitude of things and it isn’t always easy to determine what is causing the itch. Pets, like people, can be allergic to trees, grass, pollen, dust, medications, food or products. Keeping a diary of what your pet is allergic to is just as important as knowing what makes your skin crawl.

Any dog can develop allergies but allergic reactions seem to be especially common in flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston terriers. Just like humans, dogs can break out in rashes and hives when exposed to something they are allergic to.

Keeping a close eye on changes in your pup’s skin, coat, eyes, and ears will help you stay alerted if something is amiss. Looking at their bellies and feet, particularly in-between the toes will help you stay on top of a small problem before it becomes a big one, as these are the parts that touch things like grass or pollen the most. Ears can be another area that gets inflamed due to allergies, so regular checks are a must.

The most common irritants are fleas and allergies but other problems, such as diet and general grooming, can contribute to the initial irritation, which develops into a hot spot, leading you to the vet. So, how can you prevent a trip to the doctor?

  • Make sure your dog is groomed on a regular basis.
  • Keep your pet’s hair clipped short, especially during warmer months.
  • Follow a strict flea control program as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Maintain a stress-free, clean environment for your pets.
  • Use items and garments that provide additional support.


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