Spotting Allergy Symptoms in Dogs

Dog Allergy Treatment at DeAnza Veterinary Clinic

dog allergy, dog vet, vet san jose When the spring and summer months roll around, veterinarians in San Jose advise dog owners to keep a watchful eye on allergy symptoms. Just like people, dogs can be allergic to environmental elements, especially as the seasons change. Individual dogs show allergy symptoms when their immune systems recognize everyday substances as dangerous, leading to a wide range of adverse symptoms.

Typical Symptoms

Some symptoms of allergies in dogs are the same things that send their human owners to the doctor. For example, dogs may have itchy, runny eyes or suffer from sneezing attacks. Food allergies can cause itchy skin, chronic ear infections, and diarrhea and vomiting. Many pets also have red or scabbed skin, chew their paws, or lick themselves excessively. Because many of these symptoms also occur in secondary bacterial or yeast infections or due to viruses, always consult with a veterinarian if symptoms do not improve or worsen.

Common Allergens

If you think your dog has allergies, the best way to eliminate symptoms is to consider the root cause. Many dogs are allergic to tree, grass, and weed pollens or mold spores, so you could start by reducing your puppy’s time outdoors. Dogs may also develop severe allergies to dust, dust mites, or feathers. Try cleaning your home from top to bottom and seeing if symptoms improve. Some dogs are also allergic to ingredients in their food like corn, wheat, or soy. In that case, consult with your local veterinarian or animal hospital about how to introduce your pet to a new diet that is well-suited to his breed. If you cannot determine the cause, you can always seek allergy testing from your vet.

Individual Response

Just like people, dogs are individuals. That means that no animal responds the same way to different allergens. In fact, even dogs that are brothers and raised in the same environment can have completely different allergies, or no allergies at all. Moreover, allergy symptoms can show up at any age. For example, your dog may suddenly begin having an adverse reaction to food that he has eaten for years due to a new chicken allergy. Always consult with a veterinarian or pet hospital to determine the root cause of an allergy and create a personalized treatment plan for your puppy.