Anyone who suffers from allergies knows that they are more than just an annoyance; allergies can be a serious (sometimes life-threatening) condition, which usually results in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Dog allergies, like human allergies, are just as bothersome and potentially dangerous. The only difference between the two is that with dog allergies dogs can’t vocalize their suffering or ask for help. That’s why it’s your job as the pet owner to familiarize yourself with dog allergies so that you can spot the signs and symptoms right away should your pet ever develop them.
First, let’s take a step back and define what an allergy actually is. Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system that mistakenly identifies common everyday substances (allergens) as harmful and reacts abnormally to them as a result. When it comes to dog allergies, the potential allergens are plenty. Since dogs love to explore and get their paws on anything and everything they can, the likelihood that they’ll come in contact with an allergen on a recurring basis is quite high.
So what are some of the substances dogs can be allergic to? The list is long and varied, but here are a few of the most common ones:
- Dust mites
- Pollens from trees, grass, and weeds
- Certain types of food, such as soy, wheat, or corn
- Cleaning products
- Cigarette smoke
Signs and Symptoms
If your dog is suffering from allergies, there are certain telltale signs to watch out for. The number one sign your dog may have an allergy is excessive itching of the skin and ears. Other possible symptoms may include:
- Red, irritated skin
- Constant licking
- Inflamed paws
- Frequent chewing of the paws
- Runny eyes or nose
- Fur loss
If you suspect your canine may have an allergy, the next step is to take them to an animal hospital to get a definite diagnosis. Your vet will likely need to run some diagnostic test and may discuss your pet’s diet as well as daily activities. They may even recommend that you remove certain substances your dog commonly comes in contact with to determine the root cause.
Whatever type of allergen your dog is reacting to, the good news is there are treatment options available to relieve your pup of the unpleasant symptoms that stem from the allergy. You’ll need to talk to your veterinarian to determine which of the various pet allergy treatment options is right for your dog.
Don’t let your dog suffer another day; call 480-391- 7279 to schedule your appointment at our Scottsdale-based animal hospital, which is staffed with the friendliest and most knowledgeable team dedicated to treating your pet like their very own!