Allergies & Dogs

Environmental allergies in dogs are more common than one may think and they're actually more common in dogs than in cats. Typically allergies will develop between the ages of 1 and 3, the symptoms are a sign of your pup having an increased immune reaction to certain particles or substance they've been exposed to. Genetics play a role in which pups will develop allergies and which won't, with certain breeds having a higher likelihood of developing allergies. Here are a few breeds that more commonly develop seasonal allergies...

- Dalmatians

- Retrievers

- Terriers

- Boxers

- Bull dogs

- Shepherds

- Beagles

- Irish Settlers

Although a dog, just like a human, can be allergic to virtually anything. There are four highly common allergens that affect dogs: Pollen, Mold Spores, Dust Mites, Animal Dander. Some of these allergens are a lot more intrusive and aggressive during specific times of the year. Similarly to humans, a dog with pollen allergies will most likely display the worst symptoms in the spring and fall.

As your dog's body tries to reject these allergens it will most likely display some telltale signs. Commonly, dry red skin will appear in patches which can lead to "self soothing" behaviour like licking, biting and scratching. These behaviours can lead to open wounds, hair loss and lots of other damaging side effects if left ignored. Area's most commonly affected by allergens in dogs are...

  1. Flanks

  2. Wrists

  3. Ears

  4. Groins

  5. Underarms

  6. Between the toes

  7. Area around the eyes (itchy or runny)

Although allergies are quite common and typically can be treated at-home it is very important to get them looked at by a veterinarian before assuming there's nothing to worry about. Certain allergy symptoms such as discharge in the eyes can actually be the cause of more serious issues that can be damaging if left untreated. Consulting with a veterinarian will help identify the proper steps to treating and avoiding allergens with your dog. Along with that, ensuring that the allergy symptoms are no more than allergies is always important when caring for the wellbeing of your puppy.

Is you puppy experiencing allergy symptoms right now? With allergy season on the rise again as the weather starts to cool down, this is the perfect time to make sure your dog's symptoms are truly just allergies. Our veterinarians are happy to help consult you on your dog's symptoms in order to give you peace of mind. Plus we can recommend treatments to get rid of symptoms and avoid reactions. Rest easy knowing your dog is happy and healthy this allergy season!

The fall is a wonderful time filled with colour, new smells and perfect dog walking weather. But, with everything new there always comes a few hazards too, learn more about Dangers of Autumn to puppies at

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