Have you noticed your dog scratching more than usual and automatically presumed that a simple flea treatment is needed? You may be wrong. Your dog may have an allergy. Dogs can get allergies as easily as humans can and spotting the correct symptoms can be tricky. Here are a few top tips to keep you in the know:
What Causes an Allergy in Dogs?
Your dog’s immune system may react strangely to everyday substances, which is how an allergy initially strikes. Most environments are completely harmless to dogs and most don’t suffer from allergies at all, but it’s always worth keeping a look out.
Symptoms to Watch Out For:
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your dog, we suggest you contact your vet immediately:
• Itchy, red, scabby skin
• Itchy eyes/ runny eyes
• Ear infections/odour from the ears
• Chewing and biting paws
Types of Allergies
Your dog may be intolerant to the food you are currently feeding them and changing their diet could resolve the issue. Components in the food may cause an intolerance with the immune system, making your dog feel unwell in terms of digestion, skin and fur. Look out for vomiting and diarrhoea initially.
Skin allergies are one of the most common forms of allergy within dogs, as it plays a sensory role in terms of pain, touch and temperature. If your dog should ever develop a skin allergy, it will occur within the first few years of the dog’s life. An inspection of the skin is one of the first ways of noticing that your dog is having a reaction, due to inflammation.
Pollen may be a factor to take into consideration if you believe that your dog is suffering from an allergy. Of course, this would be a seasonal allergy, therefore wouldn’t be as severe as allergies that last all year round. Fleas are also most common in summer, so a reaction to flea bites may even be a possibility.