Dog allergy symptoms
Dog allergy symptoms vary from dog to dog and indeed breed to breed, but in general symptoms are primarily focused on their skin, ears and digestive tracts - where ever mast cells are most common.
Dogs with flea allergies, inhalant allergies (atopy) or contact allergies (from lying on grasses, etc.) will show varying degrees of skin irritation and scratching.
Dogs scratch because they are itchy, and dogs with dog allergy symptoms scratch and scratch and keep on scratching in an effort to find relief. They literally cant stop scratching.
When dogs constantly scratch and bite at themselves they inflict enormous physical trauma upon their skin and body, which may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Itchy ears.
- Itchy and/or thickened skin.
- Reddened, angry sore looking skin.
- Hives, e.g. raised, circular wealds on their skin.
- Seizures - many dog owners associate convulsions with neurological problems, but they need to be be mindful that dietary allergens can also be responsible for seizures.
- Bald patches.
- Scabs - scabs often develop a yellowish smelly discharge, or bleed.
- Bacterial infections.
Other signs may be more subtle, such as:
- Obsessive licking and biting of their feet - over time, their feet can become brownish colored from the dog's saliva.
- Itchiness and redness around the lips and eyelids - this is particularly common with dogs with inhalant allergies. These dogs will often rub their faces on mats/carpets, furniture or other surfaces to relieve their itchiness.
Dogs with dog allergy symptoms to food may also exhibit the same skin and ear problems as other allergic dogs, but in general their skin issues may be more subtle.
Dogs with food allergies are more likely to present with digestive symptoms:
- Tummy upsets (reflux or diarrhea).
- Soft poorly formed stools.
- Recurring hard to clear up yeast infections of their ears.
In the initial stages of dog allergy symptoms, itchy skin and ear infections are not life threatening, however if left untreated, all dog allergy symptoms will become extremely uncomfortable for your pet and some could become fatal, e.g. young pups with flea infestations/allergy symptoms can die through lack of blood.
Whatever the cause of your dog’s allergy symptoms, be they from insect bites, inhalants or food, they need immediate medical attention. Please be a responsible and kind pet owner and speak to your vet about the best way to treat your dog's allergies and how to avoid future attacks.