How To Tell If Your Dog Has Allergies

dog allergies

To own a dog is a wonderful sentiment as they are a man’s best friend. When they become ill or weak it’s a quite sad feeling. There are different kinds of ways in which they become ill. And the most common is allergies. But in case of allergies an owner cannot identify whether the dog is unwell due to the weather or because of some allergens.

Just like humans, dogs can give allergic symptoms whenever their immune systems and general health begin to recognize some everyday substances or allergens as dangerous. Even if the allergy causing agents i.e. the allergens are commonly found in the environment and are harmless to other animals but can be fatal if a dog is allergic to them.

Allergens are harmful when inhaled, ingested or eaten. So when the body fights back to these allergens a number of respiratory, skin or digestive issues are seen with the dog.

There are a number of symptoms which are visible which are listed below,

  1. Increased scratching
  2. Continuous licking
  3. Vomiting
  4. Sneezing
  5. Itching in eyes
  6. Ear infection and itching
  7. Diarrhea
  8. Swollen paws or continuous licking of paws
  9. Snoring due to sore or inflamed throat

Allergens that are inhaled or come into contact with the skin can causes allergies are known as atopy.
Some allergies are due to contact of some surfaces like carpets, plastic or cleaners. They come under Dermatitis. Symptoms such as intense scratching, hair fall and red itchy bumps and on partially haired areas like belly.

Food allergies are also a part of allergies which account for 20% of the total allergies found in dogs. They can present along with the allergies due to pollens, dust or sprays. Food allergy causes itching, particularly face feet, trunk, limbs and anal area. Ear problems when allergy is because of yeast and recurring skin infections even after treatment.

Allergies can be just as distressing to dogs as they can be to humans, so doing what one can do to help your dog managing his allergies is important.

Now to guess which dog can get allergies is not possible as any dog can develop allergies. Allergies are quite common in some breeds such as pugs, bull dogs, retrievers, etc. Below is a list of allergy causing agents from which one can avoid or lessen the chance of allergy after noticing,

  1. Pollens from flowers, trees
  2. Rubber and plastic material
  3. Mold spores
  4. Dander
  5. Feathers
  6. Smoke from cigarettes
  7. Food products and ingredients such as meat, pork, wheat etc
  8. Perfumes
  9. Cleaning products
  10. Fleas, flea control products and flea bite
  11. Insecticides

There’s a big debate on the question whether dogs can have allergies due to food products and the answer to this is YES. The answer requires a severe searching and detective skills to find which food or food ingredient causes allergy. Dogs with a food and eatery allergy will commonly have itchy and burning skin, sometimes gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and diarrhea, chronic ear infections and restrictions in diet that will most probably be used to determine what food the dog is allergic to.

Chronic skin issues can be tricky to diagnose, a real source of frustration for you and very uncomfortable for your dog. Watching your pet suffer the misery of these allergy symptoms can be sad and miserable in itself. If you suspect that your pet has allergies, it is always recommended to visit your veterinarian. A veteran should be well trained and should e able to handle the case.

The type of disease or allergy and severity of the symptoms will help in determining how your veterinarian treats the dog. So it’s neither a thing to panic nor to get nervous. One should be active in noticing the changes and it all needs to be a good owner and to have a happy paw.