Dogs suffer with allergies just like we humans do. Allergies can cause a lot of discomfort and sometimes pain depending on what is causing the allergy, or the severity of the condition.
Allergies can be caused by a number of underlying factors, which are sometimes seasonally related.
Symptoms and signs of an allergy in dogs are:
- Scratching and itching at his body
- Runny eyes
- Red inflamed skin
- Ear infection
Common causes of dog allergies:
- Trees, Grass and Pollen
- Cleaning products
- Drugs and medicine
- Dust and Dust mites
You can try to work out and eliminate what may be causing the allergy in your dog. If your dog has recently started taking a new or different medicine, as long as your vet gives the OK, try stopping that medicine for a while to see if it makes any difference. If you cleaned the floor with bleach and your dog came into contact with the floor before it had completely dried, maybe that was the cause, so a change of cleaning products would be a good idea. If you have started your dog on a new type of food and an allergy has occurred on your dog, you should stop giving your dog that type of food and observe him to see if his condition improves.
Some allergies can be seasonal and occur at certain times of the year; grass, grass seed and weed killer chemicals can all cause allergic reactions. If the grass has recently been cut and grass seeds are blowing around, these can both cause allergies. When grass is sprayed with weed killer it is important to not let your dog near it for quite some hours until the chemical has well absorbed into the weeds and the grass is dry.
If you can’t easily work out what may be causing the allergy in your dog, it is best to take your dog to the vets, where they can carry out a few tests on your dog to work out what the cause of the allergy is.
Some allergies can be treated easily with antihistamines, which may eliminate or help resolve the problem. Shampoos, topical sprays, fatty acid supplements and biotin may all help to relieve your dog’s itchy and inflamed skin, although finding the root of what is causing the allergy and eliminating it is the most effective course of treatment.