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Environmental Allergies in Dogs | Dog Allergies

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Environmental Allergies in Dogs

Dogs can have allergies just like people. Today we find that our canine companions suffer from environmental allergies. A dog's immune system will responded and react to everyday allergens found in the environment. Dogs can be allergic to pollen, grass, ragweed, mold, and dust mites. They can also be allergic to certain household products such as cleaners, carpet fibers, carpet deodorizers, insecticides, rubber etc. (contact dermatitis). Your pet's immune system overreacts to these common non-harmful environmental substances.

Skin Allergies also know as Atopy occurs in about 10% of dogs. This is a reaction to allergens in the environment. Your dog inhales common substances such as pollen, dust mites, household chemical and dander. Some breeds of dogs are predisposed to allergies, including:

  • Retrievers
  • Terriers
  • Dalmatians
  • Skin allergy symptoms
  • Bumps
  • Itchy skin
  • Redness

These symptoms a commonly seen in areas with the least amount of hair, such as the belly, paws, lips and muzzle.

Nasal Allergies

Nasal allergies are caused by pollen, grass, ragweed and other air both season particles. This form of allergy is referred to as Allergic Rhinitis.

Dog Nasal Allergy Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Watery eyes

An antihistamine suitable for dogs may help reduce they symptoms.

Food Allergies

About 10% of allergies in dogs are related to food. Just like their pet parents, dogs can be allergic to wheat, beef, soya, chicken dairy, corn etc.

Dog Food Allergy Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infections
  • Licking of paws

Limiting the ingredients in a diet will help determine the food culprit.

Additional Support

Never attempt to diagnose your dog on your own. Your vet will be able to perform the required tests and make the necessary suggestions. Ensure that your pet is not dealing with skin allergies due to food allergies. If you suspect this, try a different brand of food that is clean, holistic, and without preservatives. Bathing your pet is also an excellent way of helping your pet cope with environmental allergies. Bathing helps remove the allergens and also provides relief. Make sure you give your pet plenty of water, preferably filtered water.