Itchy eyes, runny nose, discomfort…ALLERGIES! Just like humans, dogs can experience seasonal allergies. While your dogs can’t tell you what’s wrong with them, here are a few signs that may indicate your dog could have allergies. If your dog experiences any of these symptoms, please take him to your vet for testing and treatment.
- Scratching & Biting –Scratching and biting is a tell-tale sign of allergies and your pup trying to relive itching.
- Red, Irritated Skin – Bellies, feet and ears can become red and irritated when exposed to grass or pollen.
- Increased Shedding – Dandruff is a common side effect of allergies because it can dry out the skin and cause flakiness.
- Compulsive Licking – When licking is beyond the normal part of your dog’s grooming regimen, excessive licking is a good indicator of allergies, especially between the toes.
- Ear Infections – Headshaking, red, waxy ears are main indicators of an ear infection. There will often be an odor. Infections can be uncomfortable and painful.
- Hot Spots – Continued exposure of an allergen may cause hot spots with hair loss. The skin becomes red, inflamed and can bleed.
- Puffy Eyes – Just like humans, dogs with allergies can experience puffy, red eyes.