Common Allergies in Dogs

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Just like humans, the dogs are also prone to various types of allergies. Whether we talk about humans or animals, they all have immune systems to stay protected against various health threats. Allergies are usually caused by the overactive immune system. Sometimes the immune system considers a harmless environmental substance as a threat. In such cases, the dog starts showing allergic reactions. It can be more harmful to a dog if he is allergic to a certain substance and he swallows it.

These substances are called allergens and not all of these allergens have similar reaction in all dogs. One dog may be allergic to such a substance that is completely harmless for another one.For example, your dog may have allergic problem with a plastic toy whereas it can be completely safe for other dogs.

Any dog can have allergic reactions irrespective of age. But the young and middle-aged dogs are more likely to have greater allergic problems, whereas it is a lot less in older dogs. In similar way, some of the dog breeds are more likely to be allergic to different allergens. These breeds include Dachshund, Bulldogs, Setters, Cocker Spaniel, Boston Terriers, Boxer, Pugs, Collies, Retrievers and some other flat faced breeds.


Followings are few of the common allergens that can cause allergic reaction in dogs:

  • Different types of fabric
  • Perfumes
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Cleaning products
  • Some food ingredients like wheat, corn, chicken, beef etc.
  • Feathers of different birds
  • Weed pollen
  • Grass
  • Trees
  • Dust
  • Rubber and plastic materials
  • Flea bites
  • Flea control products

Allergy Symptoms in Dogs:

When a dog is having an allergy problem, he will show some signs and symptoms. But some of these signs and symptoms are common and may have caused by some other problem. That makes it important to observe your dog’s overall behavior to be certain. Consulting a vet is highly suggested if your dog is showing aggressive allergic reaction. Some of the common symptoms of allergies in dogs are:

  • Red and itchy skin
  • Scabbed or moist skin
  • Ear infections
  • Itchy ears
  • Runny and itchy eyes
  • Burping
  • Increased number of bowel movements or Diarrhea
  • Excessive scratching
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Constant licking
  • Swollen paws
  • Snoring

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