It’s that time of year when environmental allergies are at their peak – is your dog suffering? Here are 10 signs that you dog may be allergic to all that spring time beauty. If your dog has any of these signs, take him to the vet to get him some relief.
#1 – Itching
Is your dog constantly scratching himself? This is a tell-tale sign of allergies. Especially if it seems to get worse after you have been outside.
#2 – Red, Irritated Skin
Just like humans, dogs can break out in rashes and hives when exposed to something they are allergic to. Look on their belly and feet, particularly in-between the toes, as these are the parts of their body that touch the things like grass or pollen the most. Ears can be another area that gets inflamed due to allergies.
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#3 – Obsessive Licking
If your dog is constantly licking (again, pay close attention to belly and paws), than he may be bothered by something in his environment.
#4 – Rubbing Face on Things
Most often, it will be the carpet or your pillows, couches, etc. Some dogs will try and rub their entire body across a surface to alleviate the itchiness caused by an allergy.
#5 – Hair Loss
If the allergy has been left untreated and your dog keeps getting exposed to the allergen, they can suffer hair loss.
#6 – Hot Spots
Another result from continued exposure to an allergen without medication, are hot spots. The skin is so inflamed that the skin becomes very red and will even bleed. There will also be hair loss.
#7 – Red, Stinky Ears
If the allergy is affecting your dog’s ears, than often there will be an odor.
#8 – Shaking of Head
If your dog’s ears are being bothered by allergies, your dog will shake his head often, due to the irritation. They may also not want you to touch their head.
#9 – Redness of Skin
Allergies will also give dogs red skin near their mouth, chin and paws. In some circumstances, with anus will also become red and inflamed.
#10 – Puffy Eyes
Just like humans, dog’s with allergies often get puffy, red eyes.