How to spot skin allergies on your dog

Summer weather is upon us and that means your dog could start showing signs of skin allergies. We are going to go over some symptoms to look out for with skin allergies for dogs. 

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Types Of Dog Allergies Linked To Their Skin

Flea Allergy dermatitisThis type of dog skin allergy is the result of fleabites (typically from your dog being allergic to the flea’s saliva).

Food Allergies This type of dog allergy can happen throughout the year and is typically caused by being allergic to something in their dog food. Check out our other blog where we talk about how to find a dog food that works with your pet’s allergies.

Environmental Allergies – This allergy is usually the result of dust, pollen, mold, or other irritating small particles. 


Signs To Look For In Dog Skin Allergies

  • Excessive stretching and itching in a certain spot such as paws, leg, tail, ear, groin, or back.
  • Red spot on the skin, inflammation, scabbing, hives, or other skin injuries. 
  • Your dog whimpers when they scratch themselves.
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or sneezing.


The first step once you notice your dog has developed a skin allergy is to take them to the vet to get them checked out. This will ensure that they don’t need any special medicine or care to take care of their skin allergy. 

Once that is completed talk to your vet about the possible cause for your dog’s skin allergy and what some solutions are to help or treat it. 

For dog allergies from fleas or environmental particles, the best way to treat is by giving your pet an allergy relief medication to minimize the reaction potential. Another good step to do is to limit the amount of exposure they get to what causes the allergy to act up. 

For dog food allergies, talk to your veterinarian about different food diets your dog can go on in order to minimize the potential for a skin allergy to occur in your pet. 

For more information visit Animal Medical Center of Appleton to answer all your questions.