Like humans, dogs are susceptible to many types of allergies including skin allergies, food allergies, and environmental concerns. Fortunately, most allergies are easily treated, but it is possible for dogs to develop an acute allergy, which can be far more serious.
Being aware of dog allergy symptoms allows pet owners to seek treatment. Even if the allergy symptoms are not serious, they are likely making your four-legged family member miserable, so you’ll want to find a solution to alleviate his suffering.
Types of Dog Allergies
Dogs can be allergic to many of the same things as humans. Types of dog allergies include:
Skin allergies are very common in dogs. Possible causes include fleas, the environment, and reactions to certain foods. If your dog is scratching a lot, there is a good chance it’s some type of allergy. Some pet owners might think of scratching as a minor symptom, but intense scratching can break the skin and lead to infection, so it’s important to find the cause of the itching so it can be remedied.
While actual food allergies are rare in dogs, food sensitivity is very common. It’s worth mentioning here because food sensitivity can look a lot like a food allergy and, interestingly, the treatment would be similar in many cases.
The vet may try to narrow down the offending ingredient by limiting your pet’s diet until the food causing the problem is identified. Once that happens, treatment will likely be as easy as excluding that item from his diet.
Acute allergic reaction in dogs are not common, but they do happen—and they can be life threatening. Recognizing acute dog allergy symptoms is a must as immediate treatment may be required. Possible causes include insect bites, a reaction to a vaccine or medication, or severe food allergy. Head to the vet immediately if your dog:
- Seems to have difficulty breathing
- Has an abnormal heart rhythm
- Seems disoriented or exhibits extreme fatigue or lethargy
Dog Allergy Symptoms
From itchy skin to trouble breathing, dog allergy symptoms run the gamut from mild to severe.
- Hot Spots
- Hair Loss
- Swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids, or earflaps
- Red, inflamed skin
- Runny Discharge from Eyes or Nose
- Itchy ears
- Recurring Ear Infections
- Constant licking
The Vet on 4th offers comprehensive allergy services, and our experienced team is able to identify and treat just about any type of allergy and provide ongoing care.
Our practice is dedicated to delivering excellent service and exceptional veterinary care—and positive reviews from our clients let you know the level of service you can expect. If your pet is exhibiting dog allergy symptoms, make an appointment with a caring knowledgeable vet from The Vet on 4th today.