Different Types Of Dog Allergies

Many types of allergies can be found in your dog, and every owner must be observant when it comes to spotting dog allergies and symptoms.  Your dog will feel uncomfortable and perhaps become sick if these allergies are not treated early.  It is common, especially for first-time dog owners, to overlook the signs and symptoms of dog allergies.  As a result, you dogs many times are uncomfortable having that “scratch and itch” due a skin ailment or other type of allergy.

For dogs, symptoms of allergies manifest through skin problems.  Dogs will itch and scratch their skin as the primary and obvious symptoms of dog allergies.  Three common dog allergies are fleeallergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and food allergy.  Your dog may suffer either one or two allergies depending on the hygiene and sensitivity of its skin.

Flee Allergies

Flee allergic dermatitis also known as “FAD” is a skin disease caused by an allergic reaction to flea saliva.  The dog allergies and symptom of “flea bite hypersensitivity” as it is often called, is caused by a single bite of a flea which can trigger intense itching of your dog.  Primarily, you’ll see your dog biting its back, legs, belly or tail.  The symptoms of dog allergies are the “hot spots” mark you’ll see on the skin, hair loss and skin infections.  You’ll fins flea feces and flea dirt like black specs.

Airborne Allergies

Another skin disease is the atopic dermatitis, which is caused by airborne substances.  Dogallergies and symptoms are triggered whenever your dog is exposed to pollen, molds, house dust mites, and animal dander, (skin or hair fragment).  The case of atopy depends on your dog’s genetic susceptibility and tolerance on the allergens.   The symptoms of dog allergies are itching on the face, feet, lower belly and chest, and scratching, which leads to hair loss.  Retrievers, Dalmatians, Setters, Chinese Shar-Peis are prone to this disease.

Food Allergies

The dog allergies and symptoms to food are itching, licking and chewing.  This skin allergy is not common to dogs; however it is experienced by some breeds. The food hypersensitivity of your pet can even lead to ear infection along with other skin problems.  Perhaps, milk, corn, grains, beef may be the culprit as the symptoms of dog allergies manifest on your dog’s skin. Other symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and other digestive problems. Once you’ve found out that your dog has allergies, contact your veterinary as soon as possible for medication and change of diet.


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