Dogs are similar in a way with humans in almost every aspect of health. When it comes to allergy, they also show symptoms especially when their immune system starts to recognize certain allergens or substances they are exposed to everyday as dangerous. Even if these allergens are commonly found in the environment everyday and even harmless to some animals, dogs that have allergies will start to show signs of dog allergies. Allergens can be quite problematic when they are inhaled, get into contact with the dog’s skin or even ingested. As the dog’s body tries to get rid of the substance, various signs of dog allergies will start to appear.
The signs of dog allergies include one or more of the following:
- Itchy and runny eyes
- Ear infections and itchy ears
- Scabbed skin that gets itchy, moist and reddish
- Increased scratching
- Itchy base of the tail or back, which is mostly common on flea allergy
- Constant licking
- Swollen paws or constant chewing of the paws
- Snoring due to inflamed throat
Some allergic dogs may also feel other signs of dog allergies due to yeast or secondary bacterial skin infections. This can cause crusts, scabs on the skin or even hair loss.
Some dog owners are asking whether or not there is certain aspects or breed of dogs that are prone to allergies. Any dog, whether it is a pure breed or not, tend to develop allergies at some point in their life. But the signs of dog allergies seem to be more specifically common among Retrievers, Setters, Terriers and flat-faced dog breeds such as Boston terriers, bulldogs and pugs.
The common allergens that dogs are allergic to are feathers, dander, mold spores, prescription drugs, food ingredients, house mites and dust, fabric, perfumes, cleaning products and insecticidal shampoo, among many others.