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Can Dogs Have Allergies?

Did you know that our furry friends, like us, can suffer from allergies? Dogs can be allergic to a variety of things, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. Knowing the common allergens for dogs and the common symptoms can help you take care of your dog with allergies.

Common Allergens

Dogs can be allergic to many of the same things humans are. These allergens fall into three main categories: food, skin, and acute allergens.

Food allergies can be triggered by various ingredients in your dog's diet, such as beef, chicken, dairy, or grains. Skin allergies are the most common type, normally caused by fleas or environmental inhalants like pollen, dust mites, or mold. Acute allergies can be caused by reactions to things like bee stings and vaccine reactions, which can be alarming if it leads to your pup having an anaphylactic shock.

Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

Allergy symptoms in dogs can manifest in several ways, but the most common signs include excessive scratching, skin redness, ear infections, and gastrointestinal issues like vomiting or diarrhea. Some dogs may also experience sneezing, runny eyes, or paw chewing.

While these symptoms can signal an allergic reaction, they can also be related to another health issue. If you notice your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, consult with your vet.

What to Do If Your Dog Has an Allergic Reaction

If you suspect your dog is having an allergic reaction, the first step is to remove the suspected allergen if possible. This might mean changing their diet, flea prevention routine, or environment. Avoiding any causes of the allergens can help stop your dog from experiencing symptoms.

Speak with your vet to see what the best way to treat your dog’s allergies is. Your vet may recommend an elimination diet to identify food allergies, a repellent of fleas, or conduct skin or blood tests for environmental allergies.

Keep Your Pup Safe

Allergies can be a pain, especially for your canine who can’t solve it on their own. Remember to stay vigilant about potential symptoms and consult with your vet if you believe your dog is experiencing any symptoms of allergies. At K9 Resorts Luxury Pet Hotel, we take your dog’s health very seriously, helping to avoid any potential allergies and help them have the best time, whether they are staying for a day or an extended period. For more information about our devotion and care or to book your dog’s next visit, give us a call at (908) 889-7387 or contact us online.