Allergy Symptoms in Dogs

Just like humans, even dogs can develop allergic reactions to many things. The most commonly seen signs appear on the skin, ear, or in the gastrointestinal tract. Allergies are a reaction by the immune system to an allergen. These allergens can be a food item, weed, grass, a chemical cleaner, or any household product. It can even be fleas or parasites or any substance. Allergy symptoms in dogs can mimic other signs as well. The signs can be systemic or localized. So, read onto know some of the allergy symptoms in dogs.

Common Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

Some of the common allergic signs are divided depending upon the organ affected. The signs and symptoms are classified into 3 mainly. They are:

  • Skin irritation
  • Ear irritation
  • Gastrointestinal irritation

Skin Irritation

  • Red and weeping eyes
  • Scratching and Itching
  • Redness and Inflammation
  • Lethargy
  • Irritation in the flank area or groin
  • Irritation behind the front legs
  • Bumps and white pustules
  • Sneezing
  • Irritation in between the toes or on the paws
  • Licking at the affected areas
  • Continuous scratching
  • Chewing affected areas
  • Rolling on the ground or floor
  • Moist sores that become infected

Ear Irritation

  • Continuous ear scratching
  • Thinning of the hair around the ears
  • Shaking of the head
  • Waxy residue formation in the ears
  • An abnormal yeast like formation in the ears

Gastrointestinal Irritation

Some of the gastrointestinal irritation signs are:

  • Rarely enlarged lymph nodes
  • Hives
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Burping

In most of the cases, food allergies remain undiagnosed because owners feel that their dog has a sensitive stomach. So, when you find the above symptoms treat your dog immediately. Some of the complications are:

  • Continuous itching can lead to sore in the skin.
  • If the ears are infected then constant head shaking can cause lesions and hematomas in the ears.
  • If these allergies are prolonged and severe then they may suffer from behavioral changes as well.

Dogs at Increased Risk

Some of the dogs at high risk are:

  • Shar-peis
  • Scottish terriers
  • Irish setters
  • Golden retrievers
  • Dalmatians
  • Lhasa Apsos
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Wire-Haired Fox Terriers
  • Shih-Tzus
  • English Setters
  • Cairn Terriers
  • Miniature Schnauzers

Now that you have learnt some of the allergy symptoms in dogs, I hope that you would keep your dog in a safe and allergy free environment.

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