Types of Allergies for Dogs
Like some humans, some dogs suffer from allergies. There are even certain breeds that are more prone to allergies, such as Pugs, Boston Terriers, American, and English Bulldogs. It’s too bad that our canine companion cannot tell us that they are not feeling up to par when allergies occur.
As dog owners, we may not always be aware that our dog has allergies, so it’s good to know some signs if there is an issue. By knowing what to look for in our dog, we can prevent unnecessary distress.
Signs of Allergies
- Irritated skin/constant licking of the skin
- Scratching and chewing, mostly ears and paws
- Watery eyes
- Coughing and wheezing
- Runny nose
- Hair loss
Types of allergies for dogs include environmental, seasonal, or food allergies. The key is figuring out what is causing the allergic reaction.
Common Allergens for Dogs
- Chemical cleaning products
- Dust mites
- Certain fabrics
- Food ingredients
- Grass, weeds, and pollen
What Can I Do???
There are many things you can do to alleviate your dog’s suffering. The best of all would be to get rid of the allergen. This may not always be possible, but if it is, do it! If it’s an environmental allergy such as feathers or down, keep your dog off your bed full of goose feather pillows and a down comforter, better yet get alternatives. Environmental allergens are not always that easy to get rid of, if weeds and pollen are a problem, wipe your dog down with dog safe wipes after a walk or being out in the yard.
Do you suspect your dog suffers from these common allergens? Contact Animal Medical Center to help answer your questions. We serve pets in the Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Grand Chute, and the surrounding areas. Call 920-749-1717 or visit us at the Animal Medical Center of Appleton.