dog allergiesHave you ever seen your dog biting and scratching? Driven mad by the itching, rubbing and licking his skin away? He might actually be having an allergy and he’s just scratching for relief.

Dog allergies describe the hypersensitivity of some dogs when they are exposed to particular substances or environments. Allergies usually become visible through skin conditions. A skin irritation caused by an allergy is generally easy to identify, having as companions redness, itching, hair loss, recurring skin infections.

There are 5 Most Common Dog Allergies:

  • Food Allergies
  • Flea Allergies
  • Bacteria Allergies
  • Contact Allergies
  • Atopy Allergies

Although, I’ll be presenting each type of dog allergy in a separate, more detailed, post, I take this chance to give you some information about the causes, symptoms  and possible treatment of each dog allergy.

Dog Allergies caused by Food

  • Allergens. Dog food allergies can have multiple causes and can develop over long periods of time. The most common allergens are: beef, dairy products, chicken, corn, soy, rice.
  • Symptoms. The most common symptoms of dog food allergy are skin irritation, excessive itching, hair loss, redness, bald spots, wounds. Vomiting can also be present, as well as bowel movements.
  • Treatment. Generally, the easiest solution is to change the dog’s diet with hypoallergenic foods. However, the best way to start would be to pay a visit to your veterinarian first.

Dog Allergies caused by Fleas

  • dog allergiesAllergens. The main cause of this type of allergy is the saliva of the fleas that irritates the dog’s skin. Fleas suck the dog’s blood, just like mosquitoes do.
  • Symptoms. They are very similar to those caused by food allergies. Dogs present redness, itchy spots and they usually start chewing their skin.
  • Treatment. A possible solution might be a bath in cool water, using an anti-fleas shampoo. But this, of course, depends on the severity of the situation.

Dog Allergies caused by Bacteria

  • Allergens. One common allergen is Staphylococcus
  • Symptoms. The most common reactions include hair loss, red blotches, pus pockets and ringworms.
  • Treatment. The best way to start curing this kind of allergy is through a blood test. After determining the exact cause of the problem, you can ask your vet for the appropriate treatment.

Dog Allergies caused by Contact

  • Allergens. The allergens cover a wide variety of substances and other items like plants, cleaning products, chemicals and even the grass.
  • Symptoms. Very similar to those coming from bacteria or fleas, including fur loss, itchy spots and redness.
  • Treatment. There are more methods of treating this type of allergy, including the use of a particular shampoo, oral steroids or natural treatments like omega-3.

Atopic Dog Allergies (or Inhalant Allergies)

  • Allergens. Atopic allergies can be caused by fleas, chemicals, airborne, house dust, mites, molds, pollens and many other agents.
  • Symptoms. The symptoms can include itching, hair loss, biting, face rubbing, skin infections, red bumps, licking and chewing spots.
  • Treatment. The solutions include using a particular shampoo, creams or salves, omega 3 fatty acids, steroids, immunotherapy, antihistamines.

2 Responses to Top 5 Dog Allergies

  1. Jennifer says:

    I have found that when I treat my dog’s bedding with flea and egg control spray that he itches less often. That is probably because a lot of the fleas die when he rolls around in his bed. You just have to find a spray that is pet friendly and will not poison them. Im sure this method will help with any pets including ticks too.

  2. zanamika says:

    Thanks for the tips Jennifer! :)

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