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Does My Dog Have Allergies?

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Just like humans, dogs can experience the discomfort of allergies. While we typically suffer from allergies throughout the Spring, dogs can suffer more from pollen allergies during the Summer months. This is due to the release of pollen from grasses, weeds and ragweed, all low to the ground and in direct contact with your pup daily. Dog allergies can also stem from stinging insects such as bees, wasps, fire ants, and others.

Allergies develop in dogs when their bodies can't respond properly to allergens they encounter which then compromise their immune system. It's not uncommon to see dogs get hot spots, sneeze, itch, and have runny eyes due to summer allergies. How can you spot allergies in your pet? The ASPCA offers some general symptoms to look out for:

  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

Be sensitive to your dog's needs and be sure to talk to your vet before attempting to medicate your pup yourself. To help reduce allergy symptoms, try walking your dog through a foot bath when entering the house. Be sure to dry feet thoroughly to eliminate any moisture. Also, make sure to bathe your pup often to help remove pollen and other allergens from their skin and coat.

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