Just like people, dogs can show allergic symptoms when their immune system begins to recognize everyday substances as dangerous. Although these allergens are common in most environments and harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them! As the dogs body tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear. Any dog can develop allergies at any time during there life, but allergic reactions seem to be especially common in Terriers, Setters, Retrievers, and other flat faced breads such as bulldogs and pugs.
What could my dog be allergic to?
Common environmental allergens include dust mites, fleas, molds, pollen from grasses, trees and flowers. Dogs may also have food allergies or food intolerance to certain ingredients like beef, chicken, fish and soy. Like humans they can also be allergic to certain prescription drugs and medications.
Allergy symptoms may include:
Itching is the most common sign of allergies! Dogs exhibit itching by chewing or licking the skin or scratching with their feet. Common areas affected are the face, feet, belly, ears and armpits. Allergic dogs may also suffer from secondary bacterial or yeast infections, which may cause hair loss, scabs, or crusts on the skin. Most important of all is visiting your veterinarian as soon as you suspect that your dog may have an allergy. Scratching can quickly lead to an infection, so treat potential allergies seriously.