Identifying Dog Allergies in your Puppy

Humans and dogs alike have seasonal allergies and even food allergies.

 

Now is the time for the former and we’re here to educate you if you notice your dog allergies itching and scratching symptoms. Dogs can’t tell us what’s bothering them, so as pet owner, it is your responsibility to pick up on the clues. It is pretty common that with dog allergies itching and irritation go hand-in-hand. Let’s delve into the ins and outs of dog allergies.

What are allergies?

Allergies are immune system’s response to substances like food, dust, pollen, or fur, which causes discomfort and illness with varying severities.

What are some of the most common dog allergens?

  1. Food ingredients (wheat, soy, corn, etc.)
  2. Dust and house mites
  3. Mold spores
  4. Tree, grass, and weed pollens
  5. Dander (some dog allergies itching can come from fur!)
  6. Cleaning products, fabrics, shampoo, perfumes
  7. Flea saliva
  8. Prescription drugs
  9. Perfumes, cleaning products, shampoo, and certain fabrics and plastic

What are common symptoms?

  1. Excessive paw-licking
  2. Hair loss
  3. Scratching
  4. Butt-scooting
  5. Vomiting and diarrhea
  6. Coughing, sneezing, or asthma
  7. Dog allergies itching is the most common symptom

What can you do to treat their allergies?

  1. Remove the allergens from the environment, as much as possible.
  2. Wipe off your dog’s paws after all walks
  3. Use hypoallergenic shampoo
  4. Purchase ingredients like aloe vera gel or primrose oil
  5. Try supplements such as biotin or omega-3s, which will help with their coats.
  6. Switch to a limited ingredient diet
  7. For food dog allergies itching isn’t as common. You’ll need to adjust your pup’s diet by consulting with one of our vets.

 

Unfortunately, allergies aren’t curable, but they are typically manageable with a combination of limiting exposure to allergens, veterinary therapies, medications, and/or specialized diets.