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Dog Allergy Symptoms: How To Know If Your Dog Is Suffering From Allergies
Can your dog develop allergies? It’s a common question and the answer is most certainly, yes. If you notice your dog has a dry, irritated nose, or they are constantly licking at their paws, they might be suffering from allergies. Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to many different things within their environment.
Once your dog develops sensitivity to an everyday substance their immune system kicks into overdrive trying to remove the toxin. An allergic reaction can be sparked through ingesting, inhaling, or direct contact. As a result, a whole host of possible side effects can impact your dog’s skin, digestion or respiratory system.
What Are Common Allergy Symptoms In Dogs?
- Itchy skin
- Red, scabbed skin
- Dry, crusty dog nose
- You notice your dog chewing and licking at paw pads
- Swollen paw pads
- Ear infections, or in less serious cases itchy ears
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting
- Inflamed throat, which may cause abnormal snoring
Common Things Dogs Are Allergic To
According to the Bond Vet, some of the most common household and backyard substances that cause allergic reactions in dogs include:
- Mold spores
- Dust mites
- Weed, trees, and grass pollens
- Animal dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Fleas and flea-control products
- Perfumes and lotions
- Certain food ingredients
- Fabrics or dyes
- Harsh cleaning products
How To Know What Your Dog Is Allergic To
With such an extensive list of possible culprits it’s often difficult to determine what is causing your dog’s allergic reaction. Your veterinarian can perform a physical examination as well as a skin or blood test to determine what your dog is allergic to. If food is a suspect, your dog may be placed on a special elimination diet for 12 weeks to determine which ingredients are to blame.
How To Treat Dogs With Allergies Naturally
There are a number of natural ways you can help your dog find relief from their allergy symptoms. First and foremost, you must identify the irritant in order to remove it from the environment completely. Even after removing the allergen, it can take as much as 12 weeks for the side effects of the allergies to go away.
If your dog has dry, itchy, red skin, a chapped nose, or swollen paw pads there are a number of natural remedies available to help them feel better right away.
Dry, chapped dog noses are often caused by certain allergies, although other factors can cause this condition as well. A dry, crusty nose creates a lot of discomfort for your dog, and reduces their ability to smell. All natural Snout Soother can be applied to mild, moderate or severe dry dog noses for soothing relief and noticeable improvements within days.
This is Benson, pictured below, he suffered from severe allergies that dried out his nose to the point it would crack and bleed. Thanks to Snout Soother, Benson has a smooth, moist nose for the first time in his entire life.
Swollen, dry or red paw pads are often caused by the surfaces your dog walks on. While paw pads are tough they are not invincible. Snow, sand, hot asphalt, or rocky terrain can quickly irritate and damage paw pads. Paw Soother is easy to apply to the bottom of your dog’s paws and helps protect against irritants while also healing previous damage.