Do you have seasonal allergies? Did you know your dog can also have pollen allergies? Do you know, there are different types of dog allergies? Do you know that dogs can have any type of allergies that humans have? Do you think your dog has allergies? If you think your pet suffers from any kind of allergies, you should stick around.
There are many different dog allergies, but we divide them in three bigger groups: skin allergies, food allergies and environmental allergies.
They are also called allergic dermatitis. You should pay attention if your dog has skin allergies, as they may cause secondary infections (scratching, biting or licking the skin) which may require treatments.
They are mostly caused by:
- Fleas (some dogs can be allergic to flea saliva and it makes dogs extremely itchy, their skin can also become red and inflamed)
- Food (dogs with food allergies most often itch in their ears and paws, and can also show gastrointestinal symptoms)
True food allergies are not as common as people think, most dogs just have a food sensitivity, also known as food intolerance. True allergies result in an immune response (skin conditions, gastrointestinal signs, in rare cases anaphylaxis) but with food sensitivity dog has a gradual reaction which can result in gastrointestinal signs (such as vomiting and diarrhea) or dermatologic signs (itchiness, poor skin and coat) and chronic ear or foot infections.
Dust, pollen and mold can cause allergic reaction or atopic dermatitis. If the allergies are seasonal, your dog’s skin will itch only during certain times of the year.
The symptoms of allergies in dogs may vary depending on the cause. You should look out for these symptoms, which can be signs of an allergic reaction: itchiness, swelling, inflamed skin, diarrhea and vomiting, sneezing, itchy ears, runny eyes, constant licking…
The best thing you can do for a dog with allergies is to avoid allergens that are causing the reaction if that is possible. If not, you can try with supplements that decrease symptoms of dog allergies (such as dog probiotics) which should make your pets life even better.