Many people are more concerned with their allergies to animals to consider that their pet could also suffer from allergies. It's often easy to overlook some of the common allergy signs in dogs, since many of the symptoms don't always stand out. Yet dogs can suffer from skin allergies, seasonal allergies, and even allergy-induced asthma – just like people. The following are some signs that your dog may need allergy treatment.
Symptom #1: Skin irritation
It can be easy to overlook this as shedding or simple dry skin, but the irritation can become much more severe. If your dog is constantly itchy, is losing fur, or is biting and chewing at their flanks, then allergies could be the cause. You may even be able to feel bumps or hives on their skin when you run your hand over their sides. Often, this symptom presents seasonally, often as a reaction to spring or early summer pollen. It can also be caused by food allergies or an allergy to a shampoo or other item that your dog came in contact with.
Symptom #2: Discharge
Just like people, dogs can have copious amounts of discharge from their eyes and nostrils due to allergies. It can become some bad for some dogs that the fur begins to fall out around their eyes, or their nose may become swollen and irritated. You may even catch your dog rubbing their face with their paws or against the upholstery. Once again, seasonal allergies are often the culprit, but not always.
Symptom #3: Waxy Ears
Dogs also often develop a waxy discharge in their ears. It can become so bad that the ears may look red and irritated, and a foul odor may even develop. This is very irritating to your dog, so it's not uncommon for them to scratch the ears raw. Scabs may also develop. Ear symptoms sometimes occur due to seasonal allergies, but other irritants like shampoos and household chemicals are also often to blame.
Symptom #4: Breathing issues
Heavy or labored breathing, as well as wheezing, is a major indication of an allergic reaction. If this reaction occurs suddenly, especially after the dog is exposed to a new food or a household chemical, then an immediate vet visit is necessary to ensure that an anaphylactic reaction doesn't occur, as this can be fatal. Otherwise, asthma-like symptoms usually indicate a seasonal allergy, which should still be treated but isn't usually life threatening.
For more help, contact a veterinary clinic in your area.