Ugh! Fall allergy season is here… the stuffy nose, the watery eyes and the sneezing! Have you noticed similar symptoms with your dog? What do allergies look like in dogs? Trees, grasses, pollens and spores can irritate your pooch too. Let’s break it down.
- Excessive Shedding and/or Excessive Dander – Allergens can dry out the skin, causing it to flake more. This flaking is often itchy, causing your dog to scratch which can release more loose fur that looks like increased shedding.Itching –
- Itching by scratching and biting themselves is a common sign of allergies in dogs. Histamine generally causes itching sensations for dogs and cats. The result is red, inflamed skin that can leave your pet open to a secondary infection. If you notice unusual odor or your pet seems lethargic, take them to the vet to be checked.
- Recurring Ear Infections – Especially in floppy-eared dogs such as hounds, recurring ear infections can be a sign of allergies. If your dog is shaking his head, rubbing his ears or the ears appear red and waxy inside, he might have an ear infection and should see the vet.
- Licking, Rubbing and Scooting – Dogs suffering from allergies will try to push the histamines in their system to their extremities. This can result in behaviors such as licking paws, facial rubbing, butt scooting and excessive butt licking as the dog reacts to the histamines that cause allergy misery.
- Respiratory Issues – This tends to be more common for cats but plenty of dogs suffer respiratory issues from allergies as well. These issues include wheezing, sneezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these signs, take your pet in to his doctor as they can also be signs of more serious issues.
- Watery Eyes – Both cats and dogs can suffer watery eyes or it could show up as increased tear staining on their fur and extra build-up in the corners of the eyes.
If you are suffering with miserable allergies and think your dog or cat might be as well, you might be right. If they display any of the behaviors and symptoms on this list, or several of them, you are likely dealing with allergies in your furry friend as well. A quick trip to the vet can help you determine if their symptoms are definitely allergies and your vet can give you information on how to make them feel a little less miserable too.