Just like in humans, seasonal and environmental allergies can cause discomfort and be a problem for dogs. Unfortunately, identifying these symptoms as allergies isn’t always easy. So, how can you tell if your lovely pup might be suffering from allergies?
Just like humans, a large number of substances can be allergens, and each dog is allergic to different things.
Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs
• Swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids, or earflaps.
• Red, inflamed skin.
• Itchy ears.
Whether it’s from the environment or food, allergies are common in dogs. So, there’s a good chance your dog might have them. What might cause an allergic reaction doesn’t tend to change with age, but certain breeds are more predisposed to allergies than other breeds. The most commonly affected areas are the paws and ears, but the wrists, ankles, muzzle, underarms, groin, eyes and in between the toes may also be affected. One concern with skin allergies is that they can lead to secondary infections and may require antibiotics. Your dog may try to scratch, bite or lick his or her skin for relief which can then make him or her susceptible to yeast and bacterial infections. If your dog has ongoing symptoms, you notice a change in their behavior and/or you just feel concerned, we always recommend taking your little one to the vet.
With environmental/seasonal allergens it can be difficult if not impossible to identify and remove triggers.
Over the counter antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine) have been used.
Just like with humans, figuring out other ways to help relieve allergy symptoms for your dog can take some trial and error.
Here are a few recommendations:
Fatty acid supplements:
Our anti-itch chews are naturally salmon flavored and infused with salmon oil omega 3 for dogs w/ EPA & DHA fatty acids that prevent skin allergies, calms overactive immune systems, improves skin and coat, and reduces inflammation
Regular bathing with hypoallergenic shampoos:
This can help remove possible allergens like pollen and grass that your dog may come in contact with as part of your daily routine.
More ways to help:
Some people use remedies like tea tree oil, coconut oil, fish oils or other omegas and oatmeal shampoo.
At Pet Doctor Natural our multifunctional health supplements include: apple cider vinegar, turmeric, licorice & salmon oil help with itchy & flaking skin, dull coats, probiotic blend supports healthy digestion and colostrum helps to manage inflammation & deal with allergies.
In addition to providing support for dogs with seasonal and environmental allergies and sensitive skin, our allergy relief immune soft chews support joint, gut, immune and urinary tract health – all in one easy serving.
If your dog won’t stop licking, scratching, and chewing, has red and irritated skin or hair loss, make an appointment to see your vet. Depending on the seriousness of the problem, a professional can provide more aggressive treatments such as antihistamines, steroids, or allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy.